Diaceutics Launches New Service to Drive Better Access to Diagnostic Testing
Sep. 13, 2018
PARSIPPANY, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sep 13, 2018--Diaceutics, the global diagnostic commercialization company helping to improve patient outcomes through better testing, today announces a new service that will significantly impact patient lives. It will overcome obstacles to the reimbursement of diagnostic tests and pave the way for more patients to get tested, thus reducing the number who miss out on the potentially life-saving advantages of precision medicine.
In the 12 years since it was founded by Belfast native Peter Keeling, Diaceutics has already helped more than half-a-million seriously ill patients access the right medication through better diagnostic testing. The new Market Access Service will help the organization help even more patients by reducing the number of tests rejected or delayed due to reimbursement issues.
The service will guarantee more successful drug launches by helping pharmaceutical companies better understand the fragmented diagnostic test reimbursement landscape, which differs country-by-country and test-by-test. In some markets, tests may not be covered, reimbursement amounts are insufficient, or timelines between test and payment are too long.
The service will also ensure a significantly improved return on investment for pharmaceutical companies which invest heavily in each new therapy launch. Diaceutics recognises that the barriers impacting on the uptake of diagnostic tests, including limited or slow reimbursement, often lead to patients missing out on therapy. Therefore, ensuring better access to tests at launch can accelerate product uptake and benefit long-term financial performance.
For example, a recent survey conducted by the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) indicated that nearly a third of prescribers report reimbursement issues for testing breast cancer genes, which negatively impacts treatment decisions for patients. Additionally, diagnostic companies have not been able to consistently navigate all the country-specific challenges, often leading to delayed or insufficient reimbursement in key geographies.
Diaceutics’ Market Access Service relies on the company’s global footprint, underpinned by its diagnostic commercialization method, as well as experience in delivering more than 300 precision medicine projects to date. It has experts located in the top 23 pharmaceutical markets globally who are now leveraging this method to improve test reimbursement challenges.
This knowledge and hands-on laboratory experience enable Diaceutics to help pharmaceutical companies understand the reimbursement landscape in individual markets, supporting them in overcoming specific hurdles. It will also help identify ways to effectively navigate the country-specific challenges which often lead to delayed or insufficient reimbursement.
Peter Keeling, founder and CEO, Diaceutics, said: “By giving patients access to the right drugs for their genetic makeup, precision medicine is transforming patient care – and diagnostic testing is central to its success. Some $200 billion of future drug revenue depends on testing and 70% of future drug launches will rely on diagnostics.
“The world’s pharmaceutical companies have invested heavily in precision medicine, however they often find that patients aren’t being tested for their highly effective therapies due to reimbursement issues. This can mean that patients miss out on potentially life-saving drugs and pharmaceutical companies lose potential revenues.
“Reimbursement for an ‘expensive’ test upfront can save tens-of-thousands of dollars of unnecessary treatment down the road and can accelerate delivery of the best available treatment for patients. This new service draws on our extensive knowledge, laboratory experience and market access expertise. Diaceutics is in a unique position in that it will be able to help pharmaceutical companies understand the specific and varying nuances surrounding reimbursement and assist them in driving their reimbursement strategies early – and ultimately, we can help save patient lives.”
About Diaceutics Diaceutics is transforming an industry model by enabling pharmaceutical companies to accelerate their market penetration and achieve a better return on new therapies by helping them to revolutionise their patient testing. It does this by providing insights generated from its real-time testing data from its worldwide laboratory network, helping Pharma to understand and leverage the diagnostic landscape and deploy initiatives that aide patient diagnosis. The company has experience of more than 300 precision medicine projects and works with 31 of the world’s top 35 pharmaceutical companies. The company employs a leading global group of experts from the laboratory, diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries. www.diaceutics.com
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