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EGFR_Roche cobas® EGFR Mutation Test (IVD) pin


Methodology: PCR

Clinical Significance:
The Roche cobas® EGFR Mutation Test v2 is an FDA-approved companion diagnostic for both first and second line therapy decisions for patients with non-small cell lung carcinoma (NSCLC). This assay is FDA approved for identifying NSCLC patients with EGFR exon 19 deletions and exon 21 (L858R) substitution mutations for whom treatment with Tarceva® (erlotinib) may be effective as a first line therapy; and for identifying NSCLC patients who harbor a T790M mutation, indicating eligibility for treatment with Tagrisso® (osimertinib) as second line therapy. Per the FDA news release of November 13, 2015, Tagrisso® (AZD9291) is the only approved medicine indicated for patients with metastatic EGFR T790M mutation-positive NSCLC who have progressed on or after EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy. Effective Tuesday, November 17, 2015, the Roche cobas® EGFR Mutation Test v2 replaced PhenoPath’s prior EGFR mutation assay. The Roche cobas® assay similarly uses qualitative real-time PCR to detect clinically relevant mutations in exons 18, 19, 20, and 21 of the EGFR gene and provides improved sensitivity as only 5% mutant allele is needed for reliable mutation detection in a background of wild-type DNA. In addition, the cobas® EGFR assay covers a greater number of mutations, identifying 42 mutations in exons 18-21, as compared to the 21 mutations covered by PhenoPath’s prior assay.

Organ: Lung

Disease State: Mesothelioma vs. Adenocarcinoma

CPT Code(s): 81235; 88381 may apply. The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.

Turnaround Time: Within 3-5 business days of receipt

Schedule: Tu, W, F

Specimen Requirements:
Formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue block (preferred) or unstained slides (10 slides are usually sufficient)