Enhanced Test Improves Detection of Chromosomal Abnormalities by 30 Percent(1)
SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Myriad Genetics, Inc. (NASDAQ: MYGN), a global leader in personalized medicine, today announced that its Myriad Women’s Health subsidiary has enhanced the PrequelTM Prenatal Screen to include all 23 chromosome pairs rather than just the standard five chromosomes (13, 18, 21, X and Y) previously tested. Aneuploidies refer to extra or missing chromosomes that can lead to poor reproductive health outcomes. The expanded Prequel screen will be available to clinicians and patients starting Feb. 19, 2019.
“The goal of noninvasive prenatal screening (NIPS) is to provide women with information about the health of the pregnancy,” said James Goldberg, M.D., board certified medical geneticist and chief medical officer, Myriad Women’s Health. “Our expanded Prequel Prenatal Screen now provides patients with a comprehensive assessment of all 23 chromosome pairs for aneuploidies, which improves the detection of aneuploidies by about 30 percent, expanding the clinical utility of the screen.”
Prequel Prenatal Screen with expanded aneuploidy analysis can potentially improve birth outcomes by identifying more pregnancies at risk for birth defects and syndromes, as well as those at risk for pregnancy complications due to these chromosome changes in the placenta. This improves the opportunity for better monitoring, specialized ultrasounds and targeted prenatal diagnosis.
“Every woman who wants to know more about her pregnancy should be offered the Prequel Prenatal Screen,” said Goldberg. “In addition to testing all 23 chromosome pairs, Prequel has an industry-leading low test failure rate of 0.1 percent, which means patients receive reliable results the first time without the need for retesting.”
About PrequelTM Prenatal Screen
The Myriad Prequel Prenatal Screen is a noninvasive prenatal screen that uses cell-free DNA (cfDNA) to determine if a pregnancy is at an increased risk for chromosome abnormalities, such as Down syndrome. Prequel has been shown to be superior to screening methods that use maternal age, ultrasound and serum screening. Additionally, Prequel has a lower false-positive rate and false-negative rate than these other methods. The Prequel Prenatal Screen can be ordered with the Foresight Carrier Screen and offered to all women, including those with high body mass index, an ovum donor, or a twin pregnancy.
About Myriad Genetics
Myriad Genetics Inc., is a leading personalized medicine company dedicated to being a trusted advisor transforming patient lives worldwide with pioneering molecular diagnostics. Myriad discovers and commercializes molecular diagnostic tests that: determine the risk of developing disease, accurately diagnose disease, assess the risk of disease progression, and guide treatment decisions across six major medical specialties where molecular diagnostics can significantly improve patient care and lower healthcare costs. Myriad is focused on five strategic imperatives: build upon a solid hereditary cancer foundation, growing new product volume, expanding reimbursement coverage for new products, increasing RNA kit revenue internationally and improving profitability with Elevate 2020. For more information on how Myriad is making a difference, please visit the Company’s website: www.myriad.com.
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1 Pescia, G. et al. Cell-free DNA testing of an extended range of chromosomal anomalies: clinical experience with 6,388 consecutive cases. Genet. Med. (2016). doi:10.1038/gim.2016.72
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