The process is simple
Here we can talk generally about how the test results help guide decisions made for prescribing medications but also improves the time it takes to achieve better patient outcomes and reducing cost.
Step 1. Consultation
Discuss with your physician if a PGx test is right for you and could provide some insight to learn more about how you process medications. Your doctor will prescribe the test, you sign a release form and the test kit will be provided to you.
Step 2. Cheek swab
Gathering a sample is easy. A non-invasive cheek swab taken and sent to our lab along with the requisition form that gives us a series of medications to test.
Step 3. Testing
Once we receive the saliva specimen, we process it and test providing results back in about a week. In most cases, the test gives you and your physician a better understanding on how you process medications.
How it works
Personalized approach that enables the right drug and dosage to be prescribed based on your genetics
Understanding Your Test Results
Relating your genetics to response to medications is termed Drug-Gene interaction and can help your doctor adjust the dosage or recommend a better alternative medication. For example, if testing indicates that your body metabolizes an active drug too slowly, the drug might build up in your body and increase the likelihood of side effects. While the drug might still be useful for you, a lower dose may be appropriate. Should you be a fast metabolizer of an active drug and it leaves your body too quickly, it may provide little or no benefit and might require a higher dose or an entirely different drug.
Test results can also include indications of non-gene related factors. Lifestyle habits, diet, age, weight, and other medications and supplements you may be taking may affect your response to medications. The genes analyzed in this test do not change, therefore the Drug-Gene Interaction results will be as valuable in the future as they are today. As medications are changed, added, or modified, your doctor can continually interpret your test results for a drug’s relationship to your genetic makeup.