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Upfront NGS testing of metastatic NSCLC saves money, time



Estimated time to receive test results was 2 weeks for NGS testing and for panel testing, compared with 4.7 weeks for exclusionary testing and 4.8 weeks for sequential testing.

In the CMS population, NGS testing would save about $1.4 million compared with exclusionary testing, more than $1.5 million compared with sequential testing, and about $2.1 million compared with panel testing. In the commercial health plan cohort, NGS would save $3,809 compared with exclusionary testing, $127,402 compared with sequential testing, and $250,842 compared with panel testing.

Dr. Pennell disclosed that he has a consulting or advisory role with AstraZeneca, Lilly, and Regeneron, and that his institution receives research funding from Genentech, NewLink Genetics, Clovis Oncology, Astex Pharmaceuticals, Celgene, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Merck. The study received funding from Novartis.


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