MADISON, Wis., June 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Exact Sciences Corp. (Nasdaq: EXAS) today announced that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) issued its final 2016 colorectal cancer screening recommendations and clarified the inclusion of Cologuard® (FIT-DNA) on equal standing among the other included screening tests.
“We believe the final recommendations provide an important level of clarity to patients, physicians and insurers and that Cologuard should receive the benefits given to A-rated preventive services under the Affordable Care Act,” said Kevin Conroy, Exact Sciences’ chairman and CEO. “We thank the Task Force for carefully reviewing the body of scientific evidence supporting Cologuard and for providing this clear guidance.”
The USPSTF clarified the standing of Cologuard in its final Recommendation Statement, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association today, after reviewing additional scientific literature and public comments about its Oct. 5, 2015 draft guidelines. The final recommendations state, “Many comments expressed concern that the terms ‘recommended’ and ‘alternative’ to describe the testing strategies lacked clarity and were confusing to interpret. In response, the USPSTF removed these terms from the final recommendation to better communicate the primary message of importance: there is convincing evidence that screening for colorectal cancer provides substantial benefit for adults aged 50 to 75 years, and a sizable proportion of the eligible US population is not taking advantage of this effective preventive health strategy. With this recommendation, the USPSTF acknowledges that there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach to colorectal cancer screening and seeks to provide clinicians and patients with the best possible evidence about the various screening methods to enable informed, individual decision making.”
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