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Pharmacogenomics (PGx)

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Pharmacogenomics (PGx)

Pharmacogenomics is an important example of the field of precision medicine, which aims to tailor medical treatment to each person or to a group of people. Pharmacogenomics looks at how your DNA affects the way you respond to drugs. In some cases, your DNA can affect whether you have a bad reaction to a drug or whether a drug helps you or has no effect. Pharmacogenomics can improve your health by helping you know ahead of time whether a drug is likely to benefit you and be safe for you to take. Knowing this information can help your doctor find medicine that will work best for you.

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The Benefits

  • Maximize the intended use of a medication or treatment

  • Reduce adverse drug reactions

  • Speed time to achieving the therapeutic benefit of a drug

  • Decrease the chance of side effects or dependency

  • Identify the most appropriate and affordable drug the first time

  • Decrease adverse drug reactions early in treatment and positively impact hospital length of stay, hospital readmissions, and emergency room visits

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