DermTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: DMTK) (“DermTech” or the “Company”), a leader in precision dermatology enabled by a non-invasive skin genomics platform, today announced that the Defense Health Agency’s Lab Joint Working Group has recommended the Company’s foundational assay included in the DermTech Melanoma Test (DMT) for coverage by TRICARE. TRICARE is the health care program for uniformed service members, retirees and their families around the world.
This coverage recommendation makes the foundational assay of the DMT available to TRICARE’s approximately 9 million members and beneficiaries of the Military Health System. The DMT is the first non-invasive approach to enhance melanoma detection with a greater than 99 percent negative predictive value (NPV).
“We’re proud to support TRICARE in bringing our non-invasive melanoma test to our nation’s military heroes and their families,” said Dan Visage, senior vice president of payor access, DermTech. “The DMT test results are clinically meaningful and actionable, improve patient care and reduce healthcare costs. We look forward to working with the TRICARE team to take the additional steps needed to allow for full availability of our test to its members in the next few months.”
DermTech’s total covered lives in the U.S. are now approximately 113 million, which includes 68 million for Medicare/Medicare Advantage and 45 million for commercial and governmental payers.
About The DermTech Melanoma Test
DermTech originally marketed its foundational assay under the name Pigmented Lesion Assay (PLA). The PLA assessed pigmented skin lesions, moles or dark skin spots for melanoma. In particular, the PLA detected expression of the LINC00518 (“LINC”) and preferentially expressed antigen in melanoma (“PRAME”) genes using an amplification process called reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (“RT-PCR”). The Company introduced its second-generation PLA test, PLAplusTM, in 2021, which could also identify the presence of TERT using a DNA sequencing technique and adding the TERT promoter mutation analyses to the PLA gene expression test. We have since rebranded our PLA and PLAplus tests as the DMT. The DMT tests for LINC and PRAME, and may be ordered with or without the add-on test for TERT. Positive results for LINC, PRAME, or TERT correlate with the presence of melanoma. If the biomarkers are not detected, this result indicates a greater than 99% probability that the mole being tested is not melanoma.
DermTech is a leading genomics company in dermatology and is creating a new category of medicine, precision dermatology, enabled by its non-invasive skin genomics platform. DermTech’s mission is to improve the lives of millions by providing non-invasive precision dermatology solutions that enable individualized care. DermTech provides genomic analysis of skin samples collected non-invasively using our Smart StickersTM. DermTech markets and develops products that facilitate the early detection of skin cancers and is developing products that assess inflammatory diseases and customize drug treatments. For additional information, please visit DermTech.
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