At PGx Medical, Pharmacogenetics isn’t “one” thing we do, it’s ALL we do.
As we travel the country educating healthcare professionals on pharmacogenetics, we hear time and time again, “We’ve tried that with another company and once we tested, we haven’t heard from them and we don’t know how to implement results.”
After digging a little deeper, we find that the company they worked with did many other lab services and pharmacogenetics was just one of them. That isn’t who we are.
PGx Medical is the trusted and experienced resource for the implementation of pharmacogenetics in the field of aging services.
We aren’t a lab, we are educators, consultants and advocates for a medication management tool that can help take the guesswork out of prescribing medications. We work alongside clinical staff to educate them on pharmacogenetics, and then step them through the process of implementing it into a senior community, pharmacy or clinic to provide the best care possible for their patients.
The PGx Medical process impacts quality, adds value and enhances the patient experience by addressing clinical concerns such as falls, dementia, pain, sleep, med management and overall staff efficiencies.
The PGx test analysis 19 different enzymes in the body that are responsible for medication processing. When clinicians see how those enzymes work in your body, the test results let them know what medications are a better fit for their body and will provide the most therapy. It also lets them know what medications they should stay away from avoiding the cascading effect of “trial and error” prescribing. By providing healthcare professionals with an evidence-based tool, this allows them to prescribe only the medications they know a patient can metabolize, or adjust dosage based on test results.
“The beauty of pharmacogenetics in seniors is it is covered by Medicare B,” said Clay Bullard, President of PGx Medical. “As people age, their body metabolizes medications differently. Now there is a tool to help manage those changes. Whether you are a poor metabolizer, ultra-rapid metabolizer, or you don’t metabolize a medication at all, now the clinician can prescribe medications based on their patients unique genetic profile.”
Bullard went on to say, “Once you decide to implement the program, make sure you are working with a reputable company. Check references and see how long they have been doing pharmacogenetics. Unfortunately, some companies got into pharmacogenetics for the wrong reason and because of that, they aren’t providing their partners with adequate information to implement the results once they are ready. You can have the results and not know what to do with them and it does you no good. That is a waste of everyone’s time and medicare dollars. But if used correctly, pharmacogenetics saves money on unnecessary medications, re-hospitalizations and overall when your staff is more efficient and not dealing with behavioral problems because someone’s medications aren’t giving them therapy.”
To learn more about pharmacogenetics, contact: PGx Medical, firstname.lastname@example.org or 405-509-5112. Or got to www.pgxmed.com