Walgreen's To Hold Off Selling Genetic Test Kits

The largest U.S. drugstore chain, Walgreen Co., says it is holding off selling genetic testing kits at its stores after the Food and Drug Administration raised concerns with the kits' manufacturer.

Pathway Genomics had said that its saliva swab would be on Walgreen's shelves later this month. It says consumers can use the kits to determine if they have a predisposition for chronic diseases or might have a response to a common drug.

But the FDA wrote a letter to Pathway suggesting the company has not received federal approval to sell the kit, which the agency considers a medical device.

A Walgreen spokesman said Wednesday the company decided to wait until the outcome of the discussions between Pathway and the FDA before stocking the kits.

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  • by Concerned Medical Professional Location: Greenville on May 13, 2010 at 07:51 AM
    Releasing this type of medical device and making it accessible to anyone without proper genetic counseling/awareness is very troublesome. What kind of hypochondriacs will our country be making now because of these kits?! (Just because you might test positive for a particular disease does not mean you will necessarily develop it!)

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