Qiagen launches therascreen BRAF test

2019 04 22 18 53 8505 Lab Blood Liquid Samples 400

Qiagen is launching a therascreen BRAF test as a companion diagnostic to Pfizer's targeted drug Braftovi in metastatic colorectal cancer.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of the therascreen BRAF V600E kit, a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assay, as a companion diagnostic to Braftovi. The test will help identify which patients are eligible for treatment with Braftovi, a BRAF inhibitor.

Braftovi has been approved for use in combination with Erbitux in adults with previously treated metastatic colorectal cancer and who have a BRAF V600E mutation. Qiagen noted that in patients with primary and metastatic colorectal cancer, BRAF mutations (nearly always V600E) are found in up to 15% of patients; they are thought to be key drivers of tumor growth.

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