Safeway turns to Quest unit after breakup with Theranos
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.