MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--OPKO Health, Inc. (NYSE:OPK) today announced that it has entered into agreements with Stratose, Three Rivers Provider Network and Fortified Provider Network for testing services from OPKO Lab, including the 4Kscore®Test, the only blood test that accurately identifies an individual patient’s risk for high-grade, aggressive cancer. The cumulative contracts, with some of the largest healthcare PPO network providers in the U.S., will give over 25 million people access to the testing services of OPKO Lab.
“These agreements demonstrate the value of the portfolio of testing services offered by OPKO Lab, including the 4Kscore Test,” said David Okrongly, Ph.D., President of OPKO Diagnostics. “We are gratified at the growing acceptance by health plan customers of the value offered to patients and physicians by the 4Kscore Test and our other testing services. We look forward to providing these services to their network participants.”
OPKO Lab, a full service urological testing laboratory, is the provider of the 4Kscore Test. The 4Kscore Test is the only blood test that accurately identifies an individual patient’s risk for high-grade, aggressive cancer and is now included in the NCCN 2015 Guidelines for Prostate Cancer Early Detection.
“The expansion of insurance coverage for our proprietary tests such as the 4Kscore Test is a major focus for OPKO,” said Phillip Frost, M.D., OPKO's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We expect insurance coverage to further accelerate after the closing of the pending Bio-Reference Laboratories acquisition.”
About the 4Kscore Test
The 4Kscore Test is the only blood test that accurately identifies an individual patient’s risk for aggressive prostate cancer, the lethal form of prostate cancer. The 4Kscore Test uses a proprietary algorithm that incorporates the blood levels of four different prostate-derived kallikrein proteins, Total PSA, Free PSA, Intact PSA and Human Kallikrein-2 (hK2), plus the patient's age, Digital Rectal Exam (DRE) status (nodule / no nodule) and prior negative biopsy status (yes / no) to calculate the percentage risk (probability) of finding a Gleason Score 7 or higher grade of prostate cancer. The four kallikrein panel of biomarkers utilized in the 4Kscore Test is based on over a decade of research conducted by scientists at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and leading European institutions and is established as a recommended standard of care in the 2015 NCCN Prostate Cancer Early Detection Guidelines. The 4Kscore Test provides individualized risk for the presence of aggressive prostate cancer and adds new information to the shared decision making discussion between the urologist and the patient.
About OPKO Health
OPKO is a multinational biopharmaceutical and diagnostics company that seeks to establish industry-leading positions in large, rapidly growing markets by leveraging its discovery, development and commercialization expertise and novel and proprietary technologies. For more information, visit http://www.opko.com.
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All forward-looking information are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of Bio-Reference Laboratories and OPKO, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: failure to obtain the required vote of Bio-Reference Laboratories' shareholders; the timing to consummate the proposed transaction; the risk that a condition to closing of the proposed transaction may not be satisfied or that the closing of the proposed transaction might otherwise not occur; the risk that a regulatory approval that may be required for the proposed transaction is not obtained or is obtained subject to conditions that are not anticipated; the diversion of management time on transaction-related issues; ability to successfully integrate the businesses; risk that the transaction and its announcement could have an adverse effect on Bio-Reference Laboratories' ability to retain customers and retain and hire key personnel; the risk that any potential synergies from the transaction may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected; new information arising out of clinical trial results; and the risk that the safety and/or efficacy results of existing clinical trials will not support continued clinical development, as well as risks inherent in funding, developing and obtaining regulatory approvals of new, commercially-viable and competitive products and treatments. In addition, forward-looking statements may also be adversely affected by general market factors, competitive product development, product availability, federal and state regulations and legislation, the regulatory process for new products and indications, manufacturing issues that may arise, patent positions and litigation, among other factors. The forward-looking statements contained in this communication may become outdated over time. OPKO and Bio-Reference Laboratories do not assume any responsibility for updating any forward-looking statements. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in Bio-Reference Laboratories' and OPKO's respective filings with the SEC and available through the SEC's Electronic Data Gathering and Analysis Retrieval system at www.sec.gov, including Bio-Reference Laboratories' and OPKO's most recent Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus. The foregoing list of important factors is not exclusive. Bio-Reference Laboratories and OPKO assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as of the date hereof.