Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. The relatively new field combines pharmacology (the study of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their function) to develop effective, safe medications and dosing that will be tailored to a person’s genetic make-up.
The concept of pharmacogenomics crosses many medical specialties including hematology, oncology, psychiatry and primary care to name a few. However, since this is a newer field, the application of pharmacogenomics can only be applied to select medications.
A list of medications that has an available genetic test to allow for more tailored dosing can be found here. It should be noted that not all medications on this list should be tested for.
Given the nuances involved in pharmacogenetic testing, please contact us at (888) 725-GENE (4363) before scheduling an appointment to see if you are an appropriate candidate for a pharmacogenomic evaluation.