Genetic Testing to Maximize Drug Therapy
Medications: One Size Does Not Fit All
Everyone has unique, complex genetic characteristics. We typically think of these as things that determine our eye color or whether we are likely to develop certain diseases and disorders. However, genetics also affect how we respond to most commonly prescribed medications.
Sometimes a patient needs to take a medication, but the dosage they need of that medication is not commercially available at a standard pharmacy. Surprisingly, this is not uncommon. About 75% of people have genetic variations that affect how their body responds to medications. Two seemingly similar individuals with the same condition taking the same dosage of the same medication may have entirely different responses. For one person, it may work effectively as prescribed, while someone else may experience an adverse reaction or have no response whatsoever.
Some patients may also have allergic reactions to ingredients in certain medications and will need the medication to be made without the allergen. Side effects can be serious or even lethal, and millions are hospitalized each year because of them as it is the 4th leading cause of death in the United States. It is important to discuss with your doctor and pharmacist any known side effects you’ve experienced with current or past medications, as well as any allergies. Pure Pharmacy can help make the experience with medication a successful one by personalizing prescriptions.
For more information on personalized prescribing or to schedule an appointment, please don’t hesitate to contact us today!
YouScript® : It’s All About You
Now there is a simple genetic test that can help your doctor determine which drugs and doses are right for you.
YouScript® Precision Prescribing starts with a painless cheek swab done by your doctor or pharmacist. The swabs are then sent to our genetic testing laboratory to determine your unique drug-processing genetic characteristics.
Your healthcare provider will receive a report with your results and detailed recommendations for possible changes to your drug regimen or dosages. YouScript® can help you and your physician:
- Improve the effectiveness of the medications you take;
- Reduce negative side effects;
- Prevent serious drug reactions; and
- Avoid buying and using drugs that won’t work for you.
Every YouScript® Precision Prescribing Plan comes with:
- Wallet cards to help you share your drug processing information with all your healthcare providers;
- Secure online access to your results so healthcare providers can make safer, more informed prescribing decisions based on your unique genetic characteristics; and
- Support from a team of licensed pharmacists and precision prescribing specialists.
Could YouScript® Help You?
You can take the first step to understanding which drugs are right for you by downloading and completing the YouScript Risk Assessment. Based on your results, your healthcare provider may recommend genetic testing.
Note: Testing requires a prescription from an authorized healthcare provider.