Personalized medicine: report of US President’s Advisory Committee

I’ve recently come across the newest US report on personalized medicine on the site of PHG Foundation. It’s definitely worth reading it.

The report explains some of the barriers preventing widespread adoption of personalised medicine such as ambiguous regulation, lack of translational research and limited coverage by health insurers, as well as potential mechanisms to overcome them.

Much of the report echoes and re-iterates the PHG Foundation’s findings in relation to the evaluation of genetic tests and molecular biomarkers, which is an area of ongoing focus at national and international levels. With more diagnostic tests becoming available all the time, it is becoming increasingly important to produce appropriate mechanisms to assess and evaluate them, to distinguish between clinically useful and redundant tools, and to understand their possible impact on clinical practice.

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