FDA to regulate tests for Lyme disease, other illnesses

July 31, 2014 8:42 PM

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The US Food and Drug Administration, responding to growing concerns that a host of diagnostic tests for illnesses from cancer to Lyme disease may be inaccurately identifying conditions, announced Thursday that it intends to regulate many of the tests.

Thousands of tests on the market take advantage of a legal loophole that exempts them from requirements that their makers prove they correctly identify what they claim to, forcing doctors and patients to decide which tests are legitimate.

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