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Here are common reasons why some people might benefit from a pharmacogenetics test.
- Having a personal or family history of suspected or confirmed adverse drug reactions or medication sensitivities
- Taking multiple medications on a regular basis (example: more than 4 medications) which can increase a person’s risk for adverse drug reactions and hospitalization
- Taking a medication where the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) may require or recommend testing on the labeling or package insert of a drug
- Taking (or history of taking) a medication and experiencing an exaggerated, or an unexpected, response
- Being a part of an at-risk or vulnerable group for medication harm due to the type or amount of medication being consumed (example: older adults, chronically ill and the mentally ill are often on many different medications)
- Genetically representing various race/ethnic groups that are often under-represented in clinical drug trials which serve to determine if a drug is safe and effective before receiving FDA-approval
Here is when pharmacogenetics testing is NOT recommended under our program.
In some circumstances, the lab testing process will not be able to identify how an individual’s DNA will aid in determining how well a person can, or cannot, metabolize certain medications safely. The following represents when that may apply:
- Anyone who has had an organ transplant less than 1 year ago from the time of pharmacogenetic testing sample collection
- Anyone with a bone marrow transplant at any time in their lifetime
- Anyone who has had a liver transplant at any time in their lifetime
- Anyone who has had a whole blood transfusion within the last 90 days, or 3 months, from the time of pharmacogenetic testing sample collection
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