Medicare coverage for Myriad's GeneSight test, which aims to help people pick treatments for depression, could be at risk.
Erin Brodwin 👩🚀My colleague @emmarcourt has a great story today on a test that claims to tell you how well you'll respond to depression meds. Scientists are increasingly questioning the utility of tests like these.
Read how uBiome cut corners on its science and put the company's growth before patients' best interests.
Erin Brodwin 👩🚀Ever since the FBI raided the HQ of a health startup called uBiome 5 weeks ago, I've been working to piece together what happened. Based on what I learned, trouble's been brewing for years.
Erin Brodwin 👩🚀uBiome kept poop in second-hand freezers that lacked temperature monitors. Staff regularly hid from an "abusive" founder. And uBiome had a partnership with Nurx, the subject of a recent NYT investigation over allegations that it stored meds in a closet.
"There's almost this implicit assumption that they play by a different set of rules," a Harvard psychiatrist and tech consultant said.
Erin Brodwin 👩🚀When Harvard psychiatrist & tech consultant @JohnTorousMD learned that Facebook monitors users' posts for suicidal warning signs, he was shocked. It's an example of a trend in Silicon Valley, where the barriers that separate tech & health are crumbling.