Pharmacogenetics testing through RN Assist “taking the guesswork out of prescribing medication”
What is Pharmacogenetics?
Personalized medicine, also referred to as Pharmacogenomics, is the practice of using a patient’s genetic profile, alone with physical and environmental characteristics, to more accurately prescribe medications. There are tens of thousands of patients who suffer every year from adverse reactions or addiction needlessly.
Making a more informed treatment plan
With a simple non-invasive swab of the patient’s mouth, their metabolism and ability to process medications is assessed to determine the best medication approach for the patient.
By testing a specific drug metabolizing gene we can determine how well a patient will metabolize drugs normally used and if those drugs will be effective for you.
Our goal is to assess the patient’s risk of reaction to a drug so we can develop the best treatment plan on the first try.
The right dose, right way
We are all genetically unique, and so are our responses to medication. Our genetic panel categorizes us into one of four categories (ultra rapid, normal. intermediate, or slow) for the major enzymes that metabolize drugs. Slow or poor metabolizers may need a different dose of a drug or a different medication than ultra rapid metabolizer for the same result.
Reactive treatment to proactive medicine
Personalized medicine through genetics enables us to better understand risks and benefits to particular medical therapies beforehand.
Often the first drug prescribed doesn’t work for a patient. Pharmacogentics can help identify optimal therapy earlier, thereby avoiding the cost of frustration of trial-and-error drug selections.