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Is New Cycle of Fraud Plaguing Lab Industry?

CEO SUMMARY: Taken collectively, the growing number of federal investigations of clinical lab companies and health insurer lawsuits against lab companies alleging fraudulent business practices signals a disturbing new trend for the lab industry. Although these allegations are lev…

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Eastern Canada’s Latest Lab Errors Get Attention

CEO SUMMARY: Authorities for Eastern Health in Newfoundland and Labrador province in Canada are conducting a root cause analysis after finding discrepancies in breast cancer testing that affected nine patients. Health officials said these cases were discovered as a result of an improved q…

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Serious Problems Plague Newfoundland Laboratory

CEO SUMMARY: Newfoundland’s St. John laboratory was rocked by revelations in February that its cyclosporine testing was flawed, exposing patients to the harmful affects from inappropriately high doses of the immunosuppressant drug. Within weeks of this news, the Chief of Laboratory Medi…

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Beckman Coulter, Olympus, LabCorp, Anthem, WellPoint, Medtox, University of Toronto

BECKMAN COULTER REPORTS EARNINGS THAT INCLUDE OLYMPUS THERE WAS A BIG JUMP in fourth quarter revenue at Beckman Coulter Inc., of Brea, California, which increased by 22% over the previous year, to $989.6 million. This number included $120.2 million in reven…

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2009’s Top Ten Lab Stories Reflect Some Good, Bad

CEO SUMMARY: As the closing year of the first decade of the new century and the new millennium, 2009 brought neither disruption nor upheaval to the majority of laboratories in the United States. Rather, it was marked by at least two themes. One was how public disclosure of problems with l…

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New Lab Player Launches In Breast Cancer Market

CEO SUMMARY: Having opened its CLIA-licensed laboratory in Huntington Beach, California, Agendia, Inc., becomes the newest competitor to enter the market for breast cancer testing. Its proprietary assay looks at 70 genes to assess the risk of recurrence. The company expects to co…

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ER/PR Testing in Canada Continues to Make News

CEO SUMMARY: In Canada, the story about inaccurate breast cancer testing just won’t go away. In March, the Cameron Report was made public with its assessment of lab testing failures in Newfoundland and Labrador. In April, the health system in those provinces admitted that it ne…

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Labs in British Columbia Meet Tough PT Standards

CEO SUMMARY: Facing a crisis due to several highly publicized deficiencies in lab testing, pathologists in Canada are using proficiency testing (PT) to improve standards. In British Columbia, PT is mandatory and every lab is evaluated every quarter. Pathologists in BC recommend that every…

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Two Healthcare Trends Collide on These Pages

THIS ISSUE OF THE DARK REPORT YOU NOW HOLD IN YOUR HANDS demonstrates the perfect intersection of two trends. One trend, transparency in health outcomes and a public expectation of reduced medical errors, is a direct threat to laboratories which fail to deliver high-quality and accur…

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Canadian Pathologists Start PT Testing for ER/PR

CEO SUMMARY: Experts point out that widely publicized episodes of lab testing deficiencies in several provinces are signs that chronic underfunding of lab testing services is a key factor in these failures. To restore public confidence in breast cancer testing, the Canadian Association of…

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