What is it?
Pharmacogenetic testing, also called DNA Drug Sensitivity Testing, is the testing of certain genes to determine how individuals might react to specific medications. With insight derived from pharmacogenetic testing, healthcare providers may decrease the need for "trial-and-error” dosing and might substantially reduce the risk of Adverse Drug Events (ADEs). Several factors go into choosing which medications may support a diagnosis, such as age and weight.
Although these medications are commonly prescribed each person is unique and may respond differently. Pharmacogenetic testing can offer insight to the prescribing provider as to why a patient has failed multiple medications or if medication doses need to be adjusted to avoid drug-to-drug interactions. The test is non-invasive and performed in the office. All insurances may not cover this service and the cost will be the responsibility of the patient.