We believe an individual should know how they will react to a medication BEFORE they take it, not AFTER. Pharmacogenetic testing contributes to the avoidance of adverse drug reactions (damage to proper functioning of the body, prolonged hospitalization, significant disability/incapacity, fatal injuries). This in turn contributes to the avoidance of increased healthcare costs and harmful complications that affect quality of life.
What is Pharmacogenomic (PGx) Testing?
PGx is a once in a lifetime test that determines how your body will respond to prescribed medications. By providing actionable information unique to you, your doctor will be empowered to prescribe the most effective medications for you as an individual rather than prescribing medications to treat a general condition – the typical trial-and-error approach.
What does the test reveal?
- Medications that are the most safe and effective for you personally
- Medication dosage levels for optimal efficacy
- Medications to be avoided as they may be ineffective, harmful (cause Adverse Drug Reactions, aka ADRs) or potentially life threatening, even at a normal recommended dosage
- Drug-Drug Interactions show how drugs interact with each other and whether these interactions will reduce drug efficacy, cause ADRs or prove life threatening
How is testing completed?
A simple cheek swab is used to collect the patient specimen and mailed back to our lab for processing. The results report will be provided to you and your physician approximately 7-10 days after we receive your sample at our lab.
Who should receive a PGx test?
PGx testing provides valuable information that is valid for your lifetime since genetics do not change. Anyone currently taking medication(s) or that will be taking medication(s) at any point in the future will benefit from this test. Other specific indicators for testing include:
Taking 3 or more drugs (polypharmacy)
- Have an upcoming surgery
- Experiencing chronic pain
- Experiencing depression
- Have a history of heart attack or stent replacement
- Diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder
- Current medications are not working, require very high doses or cause side effects
- Currently taking or will be taking medications for any of the following conditions:
- Acid Reflux
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Antiplatelet therapy
- Chronic pain
- Gastroesophageal reflux disease