Patent protection leads to decreased quality of diagnostics (in gene research)

“The most robust method for assuring quality in laboratory testing is through the comparison of results obtained on samples shared between different labs. Moreover, the presence of multiple laboratories offering competing genetic testing for the same condition can also lead to improvements in the overall quality of testing through innovation in developing novel and more thorough techniques of testing. Neither sample sharing nor competition is possible when an exclusive-rights holder prevents others from providing testing. As a result, significant concerns about the quality of a genetic test arise when it is provided by a patent-protected sole provider.”

Page 18 of PDF

http://oba.od.nih.gov/oba/sacghs/reports/sacghs_patents_report_2010.pdf
Gene Patents and Licensing Practices and Their Impact on Patient Access to Genetic Tests
Report of the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society
Department of Health & Human Services USA
April 2010

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