Identify Optimal Therapy for the Most Common Conditions
Prescribing a medication for a patient without understanding how it will be processed in a their body is much like driving across the country without GPS. Advanced technology has become a necessary component of our everyday living and without it; we may not be near as efficient or effective. Likewise, advancements in molecular technology have provided us access to determine how a patient will respond to medications based off their genetic make-up. A pharmacogenetics test is a one-time test performed after obtaining a simple buccal swab from a patient and can reveal variability in the expression of the cytochrome P450 enzymes that are responsible for metabolizing 90% of medications prescribed in the U.S. This knowledge enables a provider to make personalized therapeutic decisions for patients suffering from some of the most prevalent clinical conditions like psychiatric disorders, cardiovascular disease or pain.
Up to 60% of depressed patients do not respond completely to antidepressants (ADs) and up to 30% do not respond at all.
Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology