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In Diagnostics, Is FDA Approval Superfluous?

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The proliferation of non-FDA approved clinical diagnostic tests isn't new. But the extent to which bypassing the FDA has become the norm is striking, particularly for new molecular tests. The non-approved tests appear to have good quality and comparable levels of reimbursement to FDA-approved tests, and are cheaper for laboratories. No one in government or elsewhere is forcing laboratories to use the approved tests once they're available. So, many in the diagnostics industry, especially those involved in emerging technologies, are questioning the value of going through the FDA.
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