Optimizing your medication therapy with genetic testing.
What Is Pharmacogenetic Testing?
Pharmacogenetic Testing analyzes how your genes guide the metabolism of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications.
Pharmacogenetics is the study of an individual’s genetic variations in the body that are associated with an individual’s ability to metabolize prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Pharmacogenetics was a natural outgrowth of human genome sequencing back in 2001. Medical research shows that individuals react differently to medications, due to their unique DNA. Pharmacogenetics, also referred to as “PGx," examines how a patient metabolizes specific drugs as encoded by their DNA. PGx testing reveals variations in drug metabolism genes that either encode less efficiently (defined as “poor metabolizers”) or more efficiently in terms of metabolic enzyme activity (defined as “rapid metabolizers”).
Identifying how a patient metabolizes a medication allows for prescribers to design a personalized treatment plan with medications that work best and are safest for that patient. In addition to reducing adverse drug reactions, PGx testing also increases patient confidence and medication adherence, decreases medical costs, and outlines optimal dosage of medications for that patient. See Full List Of Medications
How Can PGx Testing Save My Life & Why haven't I heard of it?
PGx Testing can help SAVE YOUR LIFE by providing your Doctor with a detailed report helping them predict how YOU may respond to certain medications and supplements, BEFORE you take them, based on YOUR own DNA. It can also help maximize effectiveness of medications you are currently taking.
Pharmacogenomics is very real. In fact, many top Healthcare Providers in the U.S. have implemented PGx testing into their practices. Places like the Mayo Clinic, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Cleveland Clinic, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Stanford University Medical Center, and many more have been doing this testing for some time!
First FDA approval of pharmacogenetic testing was in 2005, and it has only improved since then. Medicare began covering this test in 2009, and today many insurance providers cover this test as well, for those who are eligible.
Am I Eligible for a PGx Test And How Much Is It?
Your Doctor will be the one to determine this and sign the consent form stating this test is a medical necessity for you. Your insurance company has to agree with them to cover the cost of the test.
Some current signs that you would be eligible include that you are currently under care of, and taking medications from, a Cardiologist, Oncologist or Psychiatrist. Other signs may include having a chronic illness, taking multiple medications and having previously had adverse drug reactions.
If your Doctor orders the test and your insurance company approves it, this PGx test with our company will cost you nothing! This is important because many PGx testing companies will send you a bill for the amount not covered by your insurance company.
In fact, even if your insurance company does not approve it, our test will still cost you $0 out of pocket. Our company will incur all the expense! Most other companies would bill you for the full amount of the test, which could cost you thousands of dollars.
What If My Doctor Won’t Prescribe Me a PGX Test?
Pharmacogenetic testing makes every doctor a better doctor, because it eliminates "Trial and Error" prescribing and the common "One Size Fits All" medication management of the past. It improves patient care, satisfaction, compliance, confidence and reduces the doctor’s liability risk.
If you believe you meet the medical necessity rule, and your doctor will not prescribe you this test that could help to prevent Adverse Drug Reactions for you....it may be worth seeking a 2nd opinion.
I Want My PGx Test – What Is My Next Step?
Get in contact with the caring Healthcare Provider, Pharmacist or PGx Healthcare Advocate who directed you to this information, and they will walk you through the process step-by-step, to ensure you get your PGx Test if you are eligible for it.
Thank you for sharing your valuable time with us to learn about PGx testing.