Pharmacogenetics at Firelands

Medication that fits your genes

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

What is Pharmacogenomics and why get tested?

Pharmacogenomics (PGx) uses a person’s genetic profile to help doctors predict their drug response and direct them to prescribe the right medications at the right dose. Pharmacogenetic testing is a simple, painless, one-time only cheek swab to get DNA to develop effective, safe medications and doses tailored to a person’s genetic makeup.

Why should I get Pharmacogenetic testing?

Your provider might order PGx testing to:

  • Help guide your current or future medication use.
  • Avoid or prevent serious side effects related to certain medications.
  • Adjust the dose of a current medication or recommend a different medication.
  • Identify a medication, or dose of a medication, most likely to work for you.

Who should be tested?

Commonly, pharmacogenetic testing candidates fall into the following categories:

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?

Pharmacogenetic testing is a routine clinical laboratory test covered by most Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare Advantage Plans, and some major commercial payers. Check with your insurance carrier before testing to make sure this is a covered test.

How do I get tested?

Pharmacogenetic testing is done at Firelands Center for Coordinated Care. Testing does require a referral from your physician.

For more information, please contact the Center for Coordinated Care at 419-557-6992.