Pharmacogenomics

Pharmacogenomics

Did you know that a patient’s genetic background can impact how they respond to a drug?

Knowing a patient’s pharmacogenomic profile can inform the choice of a drug or the drug’s dose. The result: safer and more effective therapies.

Genetic tests for drug response are widely available, economical and relevant to nearly every patient.

Why is pharmacogenomics important?

why is pharmacogenomics important?

Dr. Romero has a patient who has a history of fainting after taking codeine-containing medicines. Before writing a prescription for codeine, Dr. Romero hesitates and wonders if his patient might react badly again. He becomes uncomfortable when his patient suggests that maybe it’s genetic and inquires about available genetic testing. Dr. Romero had very little genetics in medical school. He instinctively looks for professional guidelines on genetic testing for codeine and sees that genetic testing is recommended. A Google search for codeine genetic tests reveals several labs offering testing for a number of drugs, but which test should he choose? Dr. Romero is left frustrated. His patient says he is going to get his testing done through 23andMe. This buys Dr. Romero some time to learn about pharmacogenomics.

Does this sound familiar? Perhaps you’re wondering if pharmacogenomic testing may benefit your patients, but you’re not sure what tests are available, how to choose a testing lab, how to interpret a test report or how to talk to your patients about it.

Our course, Pharmacogenomics in Practice, can help!

Learn about pharmacogenomics

How can genetic testing can be used to reduce side effects and improve efficacy of prescription medications? Which pharmacogenomic test should I order? Does insurance cover pharmacogenomic testing?

If you are interested in learning about pharmacogenomics, check out our online course, Pharmacogenomics in Practice. Join Dr. Jeanette McCarthy, a genome scientist and leading educator in the field of precision medicine, to learn how to implement pharmacogenomic testing in your practice.

Walk away with the confidence to begin offering genetic testing for drug response to your patients.


Pharmacogenomics Resources  

Looking for a lab? Want to review sample test reports? Need literature to give to your patients? Want to know what tests are covered by insurance? Access our curated resources to get the following information:

  • Available PGx tests, guidelines supporting their use

  • Insurance coverage policies

  • Sample test reports

  • Labs offering PGx testing

  • Various patient materials