Physicians know that their patients come first. They practice and prescribe medicine in the hopes to promote health, prevent disease, relieve pain, and circumvent suffering. Unfortunately, medications don’t always act accordingly. Approximately 2 million people are hospitalized annually due to adverse drug reactions or ADR’s, and 100,000 more people will die because of these reactions.
Physicians know that medications are not tailored to the individual, and prescribing medications have turned into an unnerving game of pill roulette. Going by the old verbiage, “take two and call me in the morning” is causing more maladies than remedies and physicians these days are looking for absolutes instead of uncertainties when it comes to their patient’s well-being.
Currently, pharmacogenomics testing has allowed doctors to understand how inherited differences in genes affect the body’s response to medications. These genetics variations can be used to differentiate and predict whether a particular medication will be effective for a patient, reducing the possibility of an adverse drug reaction. This life-changing information can help doctors personalize drug prescriptions for individual patients by guiding appropriate dosage, and insight to the possible side effects of a particular medication, all by understanding if a patient possesses a gene variant.
The trial and error age of prescribing medications has come and gone. Physicians have turned to Pharmacogenomics (PGx) testing not only to better understand the patients they treat but also to fulfill the oath they took to promote their patients’ health and quality of life.
Clinical Advantages of PGX Testing
Knowing whether a patient carries genetic variations can help:
- Decrease adverse drug events
- Increase the effectiveness of medications
- Reduce the number of patient prescriptions
- Eliminate medication trials and error
With pharmacogenetic (PGX) insight, you can identify genetic factors that increase and decrease the risks and harmful side effects that are associated with prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Testing can help your patients spend less time in the hospital, reduce patient costs, and improve their overall quality of life.
The sooner you implement pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing into your doctor-patient relationships, the earlier you can begin having conversations about the benefits. Pharmacogenetics (PGx) takes the guesswork out of finding the right drug for your patient and allows you to prescribe better, safer drugs, the first time around.