Personal Genetic Kit Sales Delayed

5/13/10Follow @bvbigelow

Buying that personal genetic test kit from the drug store is going to take longer than expected. Walgreen says it has postponed its planned sale of kits from San Diego-based Pathway Genomics, after the FDA told company its test needed regulatory approval before it could be sold in stores. Amid a proliferation of companies planning to sell similar genetic tests and services, the FDA is now considering the legality of selling such tests directly to consumers, according to The San Diego Union-Tribune. Pathway had planned to sell a $20 kit through retailers, enabling consumers to send a sample of spit in for tests that range from $79 to $249.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @bvbigelow

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