Pharmacogenomics or PGX holds many potential benefits for prescription drug users as well as the healthcare industry.
Significance Of Pharmacogenomics In Healthcare
Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs.The word pharmacogenomics originates from pharmacology ( the science of drugs), and the study of genes and their functions, or genomics.
Some people struggle to sleep even if they have a copy of coffee first thing in the morning. Others can have a triple espresso right before bed and sleep like a baby. What drives the difference? Your genetics. How each individual metabolizes (breaks down) caffeine is dictated by an enzyme in your liver that makes you a slow or fast caffeine metabolizer.
Just as we differ in the way we handle caffeine, the variants in our genes affect the body’s response to medications. Pharmacogenomics helps guide safe prescribing practices while helping providers ensure the medications are safe and effective medications based on your genetics.
The Seven Benefits of Pharmacogenomics
According to studies, there are seven fundamental benefits to pharmacogenomic testing.
Ultimately, a patient’s valuable time is lost, and the cost of health care continues to rise. But through the use of pharmacogenomics, we can lower overall health care costs, and the patient receives the proper medication the first time around.
These changes can be based on the diet you consume, how you exercise, and even where you choose to live. Having an epigenetics or DNA test and knowing what you are predisposed to can ensure proper monitoring and treatments.
Adding pharmacogenomic testing to the mix means doubling your chances that the therapy you receive is tailored just for you.
Is Pharmacogenomic Testing Right for You?
Have you ever had to take medicine to treat an ailment only to find out that it’s not the right one for you? Money spent, and time wasted to ultimately not get the treatment you need is frustrating. But this is where pharmacogenomic testing can help.
Getting medication tailored to your needs the first time, comes at a lower cost and can help give you valuable time back on your life expectancy. Picture it like this, you stop guessing when you need to drink your coffee in order to obtain high quality sleep, the first time.
If you think that pharmacogenomic testing may be the right solution for you, and your medical journey, speak to your doctor. You may want to refer your physician here to learn more about pharmacogenomic testing.
My Toolbox Genomics empowers individuals in their healthcare journey by creating reports focused on genetic predispositions derived from published research. Test results and suggestions are intended to lead to consultation with one’s healthcare practitioner. MyTBG reports do not diagnose disease or medical conditions. Any lifestyle changes should result from consultation with qualified healthcare practitioners.