A.G. Schneiderman Announces Settlements To Stop Prohibited 'Direct Access Testing'
NEW YORK - Attorney General Schneiderman today announced agreements with Direct Laboratories LLC ("DirectLabs") and Laboratory Corporation of America ("LabCorp") that prevent these companies from enabling New Yorkers to undergo clinical laboratory testing without a licensed medical provider's involvement, as required by New York State law. DirectLabs, a Louisiana-based company, advertises "direct access" to laboratory testing, and sells requisitions directly to consumers, with no physician involvement, for over 250 different tests and testing packages, including tests for parasites, heavy metals, thyroid levels, vitamin levels, various cancer markers, and specific diseases such as celiac disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Without a health provider overseeing the test results in the context of a person's clinical overall presentation, these test results can give consumers a mistaken impression to the detriment of their health - particularly where tests may have a propensity for either false positives or false negatives.
- Date:December 31, 2015
- Agency:New York Attorney General
- State Enforcement Agencies