On Friday’s we will post new and relevant information regarding Pharmacogenetics. We hope you will find this useful and pass along to colleagues.  If you should have any questions or would like to request education or schedule a webinar regarding pharmacogenetics, please feel free to reach out to us at PGx Medical, info@pgxmed.com or 405-509-5112.  

How is pharmacogenetics affecting the efficacy of medical treatment? 

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Pharmacogenomics can help doctors pick the right treatment option and dose for each patient. photo source: nigms.nih.gov

Your genes determine your hair and eye color, they also play a key role in how medications work in your body.

Currently, providers base the majority of their drug prescriptions on factors, such as a patient’s age, weight, sex, and liver and kidney function.  Researchers have identified genetic variations that influence how people respond. When using a pharmacogenetic test result, providers can use this information to select the best medication and identify people who need an unusually high or low dose.

Pharmacogenetics looks at variations in genes for proteins that influence drug responses. These  proteins include a number of liver enzymes that convert medications into their active or inactive forms.  Even small differences in the genetic sequences of these enzymes can have a big impact on a drug’s safety or effectiveness.

Read entire article at:  nigms.nih.gov