In this post, Your genes do not need to be your destiny – Ancestry October 15, 2019, I missed the part about requiring – Ancestry’s DNA health screening will require doctor’s order: https://www.healthdatamanagement.com/articles/ancestrys-dna-health-screening-will-require-doctors-order. In doing some additional research, I came across the above article and provide some clearer details:
Ancestry said Tuesday that its new consumer health tests will require authorization by a physician. Its main competitor, 23andMe, went through the lengthy and expensive process of getting approval from the Food and Drug Administration so it can sell its tests directly to customers without a prescription.
The involvement of doctors in Ancestry’s tests places it in the midst of a debate over whether physician-ordered genetic screening is merely a way for companies to avoid the regulatory scrutiny of the FDA. Several other DNA startups, including Color and Veritas, also require a doctor to order health tests.
I expect the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will come out with stricter guidelines in the near future.
From my earlier post:
We’ve focused on what people want most:
- Actionable insights to improve health outcomes for themselves and their families
- Access to education and support, including genetic counseling resources
- A seamless handoff with their healthcare provider so they can take action together
- Access to the most comprehensive screening technology available
AncestryHealth was designed specifically to meet these needs. Our new health services – AncestryHealth Core™ and AncestryHealth Plus ™ – empower people with actionable insights about health risks identified in their genetics and family health history that can help them to start down a path toward better health outcomes. Identifying genetic health risks earlier can often help people, along with their healthcare provider, to better address preventable or treatable conditions.
Distinctive consumer-centric features of our services include: a guided and supportive end-to-end experience, family health history tool, physician-ordered, laboratory developed tests, access to genetic counseling resources and printable reports for both consumers and physicians.