What is a GeneTrait pharmacogenetic Test?A simple cheek swab can help your physician understand which medications may work best for you based on your genetics. This can help eliminate the expensive, time consuming, and painful trial-and-error process to prescribing medication for life.
MEDICATION METABOLISMMedications and their recommended dosages are designed to treat the "average" person. However, different people can have different responses to the same dose and medication. Pharmacogenetic testing can assist in determining if a particular medication will be effective for you or potentially cause harmful side effects
ABNORMAL REACTIONSHow common are abnormal reactions? More common than you may think. For example, about 28% of the population does not respond to Plavix as expected. Medications related to mental health, pain management, cardiology, and others are all evaluated with GeneTrait genetic testing.
RISK FACTORSIn addition to genetic testing for medication metabolism, GeneTrait Labs also provides testing for genetic variations that may cause elevated risk of thrombosis, cardiovascular disease, and hyperhomocysteinemia.
Why is the test important?
- Based on genetics, everyone has the potential to respond to medication differently:
- Medication is ineffective
- Patient experiences expected reaction
- Serious side effect occurs
- Higher dosage is needed
- Lower dosage is needed
- A GeneTrait test can often identify how each patient will respond to common medications
- Today, adverse drug reactions lead to:
- 120,000 fatalities annually
- 2,000,000 hospitalized or injured annually
- and are the #1 cause of hospital re-admittance within the first 30 days of discharge
- ... and are often avoidable
- 1/2 of the medications provided to seniors have no benefit, and many have undesirable side effects
- With pharmacogenetic testing, savings of $4,000+/patient/year observed in mental health cases
Who should be tested?Most commonly, pharmacogenetic testing candidates fall into the following categories:
- Beginning a new treatment regimen
- Beginning specific medicatons
- Difficulty with current treatment regimen
- After a cardiac event
- If urine-screening for drug compliance
- Medication costs are a hardship
- Mental health patients
- Pain patients
- Pregnant patients
Who pays for the test?
- Most Medicaid
- Many private providers