Pharmacogenetics

Pharmacogenetics at Firelands

Medication that fits your genes

Get the right medication, at the right dose, at the right time.

What is Pharmacogenomics (PGx) and why get tested?

Pharmacogenomics uses a person’s genetic profile to help doctors predict drug response and direct them to prescribe the right medications at the right dose. Pharmacogenetic testing is a simple, painless, once-in-a-lifetime test. It involves testing a person’s DNA to find out how a certain drug and/or dosage will work in that person.

Why should I get Pharmacogenetic testing?

Approximately 45 million Americans visit their doctor or emergency room due to adverse drug reactions each year. There are different reasons why your healthcare provider might order PGx testing including:

  • To help guide your current or future medication use.
  • To avoid or prevent serious side effects related to certain medications.
  • To adjust the dose of a current medication or recommend a different medication.
  • To identify a medication, or dose of a medication, most likely to work for you before you take it.

Who should be tested?

Commonly, pharmacogenetic testing candidates fall into the following categories:

Pharmacogenetic Test Swab

A simple swab

A sterile mouth swab is used to gather a simple, painless, DNA sample from the inside of the cheek.

How is the test performed?

A sterile mouth swab is used to gather a simple, painless, DNA sample from the inside of the cheek.

How much does testing cost?

Pharmacogentic testing is a routine clinical laboratory test covered by most Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage Plans, as well as major commercial payers. Contact your insurance provider about coverage prior to testing if this is a concern.

How do I get tested?

Pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing is done at Firelands Center for Coordinated Care. Testing does require a referral from your health care provider.

For more information please contact the Center for Coordinated Care at 419.557.6992.