FDA Approves NGS-Based Test for Patients With ALL or MM

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized the next-generation sequencing (NGS)–based clonoSEQ assay for the measurement of minimal residual disease (MRD) in patients with acute lymphocytic leukaemia (ALL) or multiple myeloma (MM). This is the first NGS-based test approved for this purpose.

The FDA’s approval was based on results from a retrospective analysis of three separate studies comprising 273 patients with ALL, 323 patients with MM, and 706 patients with MM, respectively. In patients with ALL, negative MRD results detected by the clonoSEQ assay were correlated with higher event-free survival rates; in patients with MM, negative results were associated with higher progression-free and disease-free survival rates (p values not provided).

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