Pharmacogenomics Testing

Individualize your drug therapy with pharmacogenetic testing.

What is Pharmacogenomics or Pharmacogenetic Testing?

The genes in our bodies impact how our bodies respond to different drugs. Drug gene testing, known as both pharmacogenomics and pharmacogenetic testing, produces data regarding the effectiveness of certain medicines based on specific genetic makeup.

Pharmacogenetic testing helps your doctor decide what medicines work best for your treatment plan. Plus, gain insight into accurate dosage and timing to limit side effects and maximize drug effectiveness.

Benefits of Pharmacogenomic Testing

  • Determine the efficacy of a drug
  • Select the best dosage option
  • Identify potential side effects
  • Avoid wasted time on medicines that won’t work
  • Find the most effective medication
  • Customize your treatment plan to your genetics
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Why is Drug Gene Testing Important?

A quick blood test can help streamline your treatment process by avoiding ineffective or dangerous medicines based on your specific genetics. Doctors often have several medications to choose from when developing a patient treatment plan. With drug gene testing, your doctor can more quickly and confidently prescribe medication.

Drugs have a wide range of side effects, from mild to severe. Pharmacogenetic screening reduces the risk of serious side effects. If your medication is not working or you are experiencing negative side effects, drug gene testing determines if the reason relates to specific genes. Ruling out a genetic connection allows your doctor to consider other reasons the medicine isn’t working for you.

In addition, family members with similar genetics may have similar reactions to medications. Your data may offer benefits or a starting point for your family to receive more accurate treatment.

Overall, you and your doctor learn what drugs to avoid and which drugs may work best to bring effective treatment.

Why is Drug Gene Testing Important?

A quick blood test can help streamline your treatment process by avoiding ineffective or dangerous medicines based on your specific genetics. Doctors often have several medications to choose from when developing a patient treatment plan. With drug gene testing, your doctor can more quickly and confidently prescribe medication.

Drugs have a wide range of side effects, from mild to severe. Pharmacogenetic screening reduces the risk of serious side effects. If your medication is not working or you are experiencing negative side effects, drug gene testing determines if the reason relates to specific genes. Ruling out a genetic connection allows your doctor to consider other reasons the medicine isn’t working for you.

In addition, family members with similar genetics may have similar reactions to medications. Your data may offer benefits or a starting point for your family to receive more accurate treatment.

Overall, you and your doctor learn what drugs to avoid and which drugs may work best to bring effective treatment.

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The Process for Phamacogenomic Testing

Elite Testing and Wellness provides pharmacogenomic testing in partnership with your healthcare professionals. We streamline the testing process with our easy and efficient operations.

1

Consultation

Contact us online or by phone to discuss your interest in drug gene testing. We’ll schedule an appointment at your convenience.
2

Onsite Testing

Visit our office for your blood work.
3

Lab Analysis

The lab reviews and tests your blood sample based on the specific medication or medications ordered by your doctor.
4

Reporting

You and your doctor receive the results report.
5

Next Steps

Your doctor will recommend next steps based on the results.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How does pharmacogenetic testing work?

Pharmacogenetic testing isolates genes from a blood sample to determine whether a genetic variant will impact how your body responds to the medication. Not all drugs have approved pharmacogenetic testing.

For approved medications, genetic testing provides insight used for dosage and timing of drugs based on specific drug-metabolizing enzymes unique to your body. This allows your doctor to create the best treatment plan to address your medical issue while minimizing side effects.

Why am I only tested once?

Your genetics do not change over the course of your lifetime. Therefore, the only reason you need another pharmacogenetic test is to test a different drug.

However, your body responds to medications based on other factors, like age, weight, and other medications you take. It is important to regularly monitor medication with your doctor.

What drugs does pharmacogenetic testing cover?

Currently, the FDA allows labeling to include pharmacogenetic information on over 250 drugs. In addition, testing exists for certain prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs, herbal supplements, vitamins, and recreational drugs.

Pharmacogenetic testing is requested with a prescription from a licensed doctor.

Will insurance cover pharmacogenomic testing?

Insurance coverage varies based on each patient’s specific coverage. We offer direct patient payment options for pharmacogenomic testing when insurance coverage is not available.

What is the impact of adverse drug events?

Medications come with the risk of an adverse drug event. This is when serious side effects occur. These events may lead to costly emergency room visits and long-term health effects.

Drug gene testing offers a smart solution to minimize your risk of an adverse drug event by analyzing your genes to determine the best medication dosage and timing for your body.

Choose Elite Testing and Wellness for Pharmacogenetic Testing

We serve the Atlanta area with quality and trusted health testing and therapies, including pharmacogenetic testing.

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