MADISON, Wis.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Exact Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EXAS) today announced that it has entered into an agreement with Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Rhode Island, one of the state’s leading health plans with more than 500,000 members, to include Cologuard under its Commercial and Medicare Advantage plans. The agreement will go into effect on September 15, 2015.
Cologuard is the first and only FDA approved noninvasive stool-based DNA (sDNA) screening test for colon cancer. The test will be available to BCBS of Rhode Island members through their physician without a co-payment or co-insurance.
“We look forward to working with BCBS of Rhode Island to provide their members with a new option for colon cancer screening. Colon cancer is most treatable when caught early, highlighting the importance of routine screening,” said Kevin Conroy, chairman and CEO of Exact Sciences. “The growing coverage of Cologuard during the first year of launch underscores the strength of our clinical data and the demand for more noninvasive screening options in order to improve colon cancer screening rates across the country.”
Cologuard offers people 50 years and older who are at average risk for colorectal cancer an easy-to-use screening test that they can do in the privacy of their own home. Unlike many other screening options, Cologuard does not require medication, dietary restrictions or bowel preparation prior to taking the test. It is the first noninvasive screening test for colorectal cancer that analyzes both sDNA and blood biomarkers to detect cancer and precancer. Cologuard is available by prescription only.
For more information, visit www.CologuardTest.com or call 1-844-870-8870.
Cologuard is the first and only non-invasive stool DNA test approved by the FDA for colorectal cancer screening. Cologuard was approved by the FDA in August 2014 and results from Exact Sciences’ prospective 90-site, point-in-time 10,000-patient pivotal trial were published in the New England Journal of Medicine in March 2014. Cologuard is included in the colorectal cancer screening guidelines of the American Cancer Society and stool DNA is listed in the screening guidelines of the U.S. Multi-Society Task Force on Colorectal Cancer.
Cologuard is indicated to screen adults of either sex, 50 years or older, who are at average-risk for colorectal cancer. Cologuard is not for everyone and is not a replacement for diagnostic colonoscopy or surveillance colonoscopy in high-risk individuals. False positives and false negatives do occur. Any positive test result should be followed by a diagnostic colonoscopy. Following a negative result, patients should continue participating in a screening program at an interval and with a method appropriate for the individual patient. Cologuard performance when used for repeat testing has not been evaluated or established. For more information about Cologuard, visit www.CologuardTest.com. Rx Only.
About Exact Sciences
Exact Sciences Corp. (NASDAQ: EXAS) is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of colorectal cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its noninvasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. For more information, please visit the company's website at www.exactsciences.com, follow us on Twitter @ExactSciences or find us on Facebook.
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