Does one medication work the same for all? A question to ponder indeed. With the onset of modern medications, millions of lives are saved each year. But, with the onset of modern medications come the side effects that create more issues and the need for more medications.
Medication advertisements are creative. They present the benefits of the new drug, but also present the side effects as well. It is up to us, the consumer, to determine which “illness” is less detrimental to our health. Do we take the medication to relieve the symptoms of the illness, or take a chance at exposing ourselves to multiple “side effects or adverse drug reactions?”
Medication management is not a one size fits all option.
Advances in technology now offers us another choice – personalized medicine. An option to help physicians prescribe the right drug and right dose from the beginning.
The term “personalized medicine” is often described as providing “the right patient with the right drug at the right dose at the right time.” More broadly, “personalized medicine” may be thought of as the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics, needs, and preferences of a patient during all stages of care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up.
The Mayo Clinic offers inside into right drug, right dose at the right time option …
Our age, lifestyle and health all influence our response to medications. But so do our genes. Scientists are working to match specific gene variations with responses to particular medications.
The era of ‘Personalized Medicine’ has now come. It allows your physician to understand from your specific DNA profile what medications will work best. It’s called ‘pharmacogenetic testing’ or PGT. No more trial and error prescribing, no longer having the danger of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) which put over 2 million people annually in the hospital and cause over 100,000 deaths each year.
According to the FDA, these adverse drug reactions are contributing $136 billion dollars to annual health care costs in our country. These are terrible statistics but the worst part is they are largely avoidable. The best part is that the technology is now available to every physician to ensure patient safety and the best possible treatment plan.
Now doctors can have the knowledge to avoid these issues. Personalized Medicine helps doctors to individualize drug therapy, decrease adverse drug reactions, and increase the effectiveness of treatment plans. In other words: “Right Information, Right Drug, Right Dose, Right from the beginning.”
Approved by the FDA, several U.S. medical facilities have now adopted phamacogenetic testing:
- Vanderbilt University Medical Centre
- John Hopkins
- Mayo Clinic
- Duke Medical Centre
- RCIVA Dallas (Cardiovascular & Interventional Vascular Associates)
- HCA (Hospital Corporation of America)
Pharmacogenomics speeds up that process. Before you take a single dose of medication, you can have a test to see how you’re likely to respond to the medication. With that information, your doctor can tailor the dose or avoid that drug entirely and prescribe a different one.
Is Pharmacogenomics testing (PGT) an option for you? Right Information, Right Drug, Right Dose, Right from the beginning. The testing is as simple as swabbing the inner cheek. Maybe it is time to ask your doctor?
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