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Pharmacogenetic testing benefits MD’s and Patients

Jan 16, 2017

Genetic testing is not a new concept and has been used as a medical tool for decades to allow the medical community to take a deeper look into the human body to make a myriad of determinations.

Newborn screening, diagnostic and carrier testing, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, prenatal diagnosis and predictive and presymptomatic testing are just a few reasons why chromosomes, proteins and metabolites are investigated. Other reasons could be for paternity tests, genealogy, forensics and more.

But a relatively new genetic testing, at least one approved by the Federal Drug Administration, is helping physicians provide better care for their patients by understanding how medications break down in their bodies.