What is Personalized Medicine?
Personalized Medicine utilizes a patient’s individual characteristics, needs and preferences to help determine treatment options. One aspect of personalized medicine is companion diagnostic tests, a category of laboratory tests that uses a patient's genetic information to help physicians identify customized treatment options.
The practice of personalized medicine is based on the premise that for many diseases, including cancer, there is no “one-size-fits-all” treatment. In personalized medicine, diagnostic tests are used to help tailor disease prevention, diagnosis, and treatment based on the genetic makeup of a particular patient.
At Abbott Molecular, we know that when patients and physicians are informed about the diagnostic and treatment opportunities offered by the promise of personalized medicine, lives are positively impacted. Our molecular diagnostic products make personalized medicine a reality and empower physicians to improve patient care.
What are Companion Diagnostics?
Companion Diagnostics (CDx) are laboratory tests developed in parallel with particular drugs to identify patients who are most likely to benefit from treatment with these drugs. Information from test results helps physicians to personalize patient treatment plans. Generally speaking, the practice of personalized medicine has been described as providing “the right patient with the right drug at the right dose at the right time."1 According to the Food and Drug Administration, personalized medicine may be considered as customizing “medical treatment to the individual characteristics, needs, and preferences of a patient during all stages of care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up.”2
Many of the world's leading pharmaceutical, biological, and entrepreneurial companies select Abbott Molecular as their companion to develop comprehensive, companion diagnostic products and strategies.
1,2http://www.fda.gov/ScienceResearch/SpecialTopics/PersonalizedMedicine/ucm20041021.htm. Accessed 3.25.14.
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