Drug-gene testing is also called pharmacogenomics, or pharmacogenetics. It is the study of how your genes affect your body’s response to medications. Your body has thousands of genes, some are responsible for how your body processes medications. Pharmacogenomic tests look for variants in genes that may determine whether a medication could be an effective treatment for you or whether you could have negative side effects. However, the majority of doctors do no do this test, they simply give you a medication, tell you to try it, and come in for a follow-up to see how it’s going.
What Can One Mouth Swab Do?
Pharmacogenetics testing is extremely simple — just one swipe on the inside of your cheek with a swab. No blood testing required. This test saves both your company and an employees time and money because it eliminates much of the time off work for doctor’s appointments which decrease productivity and quality of life. Multiple co-pays and other fees for different types of medicines to “try” start to stack up and drive up the cost of premiums. If your employees have adverse side effects from all these medications they will not be working as efficiently or staying home more, decreasing quality of life and productivity once again.
The Test Can Tell You:
- What prescriptions will work best
- What prescriptions should be avoided
- What medications can be prescribed with the unlikelihood of adverse side effects
- Correct dosage for selected medications
- The completed analysis can be sent to any and all of your physicians to help them make a better-informed decision regarding what medications to prescribe.
Pharmacogenetics testing has proven useful in developing more effective treatment plans for the following medical conditions:
- Heart Conditions
- Hormonal concerns
- Urological problems
Test Smartly Labs nationwide provides confidential and reliable drug testing for employees. Contact your nearest location to learn more about our services.