British Health Authorities Criticize Medical Laboratory Tests for Consumers

It’s not just in the United States that Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) medical laboratory tests are coming under criticism, as reported in recent weeks by Dark Daily. Two prominent organizations in the United Kingdom (UK) have issued reports with serious criticisms of what are known as “Do-It-Yourself” (DIY) clinical laboratory tests in that country. Researchers identified the several ways that DIY test in the UK, often bought over-the-counter in pharmacies, could mislead or harm consumers. In our...

Medical Laboratory Tests for Consumers Under Investigation on Two Continents

Government agencies in both the United States and the United Kingdom look at direct-to-consumer (DTC) tests Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) medical tests are under attack by multiple federal agencies here in the United States, even as authorities in the United Kingdom (UK) similarly question the potential of these genetic tests and molecular diagnostic assays to harm and/or mislead consumers. Of course, many pathologists and clinical laboratory managers here in the United States know that multiple...

Clinical Laboratory Tests as a Commodity: Why Government Health Programs Won’t Spend More

Speakers from the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada provide useful prospectives Too often, pathology laboratory testing is treated as a commodity by government health officials in the United States and other countries. But treating lab testing as a commodity has negative long-term consequences for health systems which try to pay the cheapest price for medical laboratory testing. As pathologists and clinical laboratory managers know all too well, clinical pathology laboratory...
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