Approximately 50% of all patients do not respond well enough to first line medication – requiring a time-consuming and exhaustive trial and error process to assess the optimal drug.
Treatment benefits can also take weeks to achieve, prolonging the trial and error process even further.
Patients may encounter adverse side effects with no benefits or face negative reactions related to other prescription medications being consumed concurrently.
PGx testing information can be used as an adjunct to other tools for clearer guidance in selecting various therapeutic choices for each patient.
It can also mitigate regulatory agency scrutiny by providing clinical decision-making evidence for several Schedule II narcotics.
Adverse Reactions To Drugs
Within the United States alone, serious side effects from pharmaceutical drugs occur in two million people each year and account for as many as 100,000 deaths, according to the FDA. Costs associated with adverse drug reactions (ADRs) are estimated at $136 billion annually.
For any given symptom or illness there are a handful of name brand and generic drugs to treat it. Due to the vast nature of pharmacology, it can be near impossible for a physician to know exactly which drugs your body will respond to positively or negatively.
Inefficacy of Prescriptions
What traditionally works for one person may not necessarily work for another, and more frequently that has become the case. This can lead not only for the medication not to work, but all sorts of adverse effects, such as dizziness, confusion, falls, swollen ankles, nausea, difficulty breathing, chest pains, and worse.
Individualized Drug Strategy
Knowing how your body processes specific medication can empower your physician to tailor a prescription drug strategy that is specific to you – taking the guessing game out of pharmacology and choosing only drugs and dosage that are known to work most effectively with your genetic makeup.
In turn, this can avoid instances of adverse reactions, which can lead to things as severe as:
Testing information can be used as an adjunct to other tools for clearer guidance in selecting among various therapeutic choices for each patient and allows for individuals to develop a more cost effective treatment plan that is healthier, and meets the medical needs of each individual.