Position paper

Value of Companion Diagnostics in Personalised Medicine

Personalised healthcare provides targeted medical treatment to patients, allowing the right treatment to reach the right patient at the right time. This rapidly growing approach to health is stimulated by the possibilities arising from the use of companion diagnostics, which play an essential role in terms of assessing the appropriateness of a specific pharmacological intervention for an individual patient through prediction and monitoring of response or toxicity related to that pharmacological therapy. Personalised healthcare shifts health systems from being treatment-centred to being comprehensively patient-centred with a care management approach of cost-containment that has the potential to enhance efficacy and reduce adverse events.