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PHARMACOGENETICS – A NEW REVOLUTION IN PERSONALIZED MEDICINE

Many physicians are moving away from the traditional ‘one size fits all’ approach to medical practice. Are you one of them? The reason for this is the realization that a person’s genetics determines how they respond to medications. Everyone has a unique genetic make-up. A medication that works perfectly well for one patient may not work for another patient and may be fatal in some cases. ADR’s are the 4th leading cause of death in the USA.
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Genetic tests performed on patient’s saliva provide information that physicians can use when prescribing medication. This modern form of medical practice is known as Personalized Medicine. The genetic tests fall under the category of Pharmacogenetics tests. This type of testing is a scientific approach to understanding your genetic make-up to assist you in predicting which medications will work best for the patient and what is the proper dosage. The patient’s genetic information allows you to determine whether a medication could be an effective treatment.

Our Labs use a simple cheek swab (buccal swab) to collect the DNA sample. It is a pain-less, convenient and needle-free specimen collection procedure. The swab is shipped to one of our Labs for analysis. Analysis of the patient’s DNA produces a thorough color-coded report allowing you to prescribe with confidence so the patient receives the most effective medication and dosage possible.

Our Labs leave clinical decision making to you, by offering specific gene and drug selection and multiple methods of testing based on medical necessity. Our comprehensive testing menus provide an expansive selection of tests to meet the unique needs of individual patients, and health care professionals treating pain, substance use disorders and other psychiatric disorders.

Pharmacogenetics testing analyzes genetic variants related to the patients’ responses to medications in pain management, substance abuse, mental or cardiovascular health. The results provide evidence-based, actionable data that assists clinicians with effective treatment and therapy. It allows clinicians the chance to tailor treatment plans to patients’ specific needs and provides insight into unexpected drug monitoring results.

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