Safe­way turns to Quest unit af­ter breakup with Theranos

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Adam Ruben­fire

Su­per­mar­ket chain Safe­way said last week that it is part­ner­ing with Sonora Quest Lab­o­ra­to­ries af­ter drop­ping Theranos this month.

Sonora, a joint ven­ture of Ban­ner Health and Quest Di­ag­nos­tics, will open pa­tient-ser­vice cen­ters in­side Ari­zona Safe­way stores, start­ing with a north Scottsdale lo­ca­tion al­ready open.

Pa­tients can sched­ule tests and re­ceive re­sults, all on­line and with­out a doc­tor’s or­der. The tests in­clude drug mon­i­tor­ing and cy­to­ge­netic test­ing.

The move comes a few weeks af­ter Safe­way said it was walk­ing away from an ex­clu­sive part­ner­ship with Theranos, the Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup that claimed to be able to con­duct di­ag­nos­tic tests with a few drops of a pa­tient’s blood. The Wall Street Jour­nal re­ported in a damn­ing se­ries that the Food and Drug Ad­min­is­tra­tion was crit­i­cal of Theranos’ lab pro­to­cols, among other com­plaints.

As part of the Theranos deal, Safe­way spent about $350 mil­lion to build lab-test­ing clin­ics in more than 800 of its stores na­tion­wide. Safe­way of­fi­cials re­port­edly said Theranos had missed im­por­tant dead­lines in rolling out its tests.

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