Crescendo Bioscience, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, announced that United Rheumatology, a leading professional organization for rheumatologists in the United States with more that 300 members, has added Vectra DA to its clinical practice guidelines for adults with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

The guidelines are designed to assist United Rheumatology healthcare professionals in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients with RA to preserve function, optimize the achievement of remission or near remission, improve quality of life and monitor outcomes in the safest and most cost-effective fashion possible.

“We are very excited that United Rheumatology has recognized the clinical utility of Vectra DA for adults with RA,” said Elena Hitraya, M.D., Ph.D., chief medical officer, Crescendo Bioscience.

Vectra DA is the first and only multi-biomarker blood test shown to predict radiographic progression in multiple studies.  The efficacy of Vectra DA has been demonstrated in more than 20 studies with more than 3,000 patients. 

The strength of the clinical evidence for Vectra DA has been widely recognized as ~60 percent of practicing rheumatologists have ordered Vectra DA for approximately 300,000 patients in the United States.

Vectra DA is the only multi-biomarker blood test for rheumatoid arthritis disease activity that integrates the concentrations of 12 serum proteins associated with RA disease activity into a single objective score, on a scale of 1 to 100, to help physicians make more informed treatment decisions.

Vectra DA testing is performed at the Crescendo Bioscience state-of-the-art CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) facility. Test results are reported to the physician 5 to 7 days from shipping of the specimen to Crescendo Bioscience

Crescendo Bioscience, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Myriad Genetics, Inc., is a molecular diagnostics company dedicated to developing and commercializing quantitative blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune diseases.