A key benefit of Pharmacogenetic Testing (PGx) is reducing the risk of Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs). Despite rigorous testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), there is still a risk that a medication can cause unintended side effects, often related to your unique DNA dictating how your body processes a medication. The FDA describes ADRs as “unwanted undesirable effects” that can “vary from minor problems like a runny nose to life-threatening events, such as a heart attack or liver damage.”
The overall risks of ADRs are significant, leading to an estimated 100,000+ deaths each year. Studies show that 98% of people carry at least one genetic variant known to cause atypical drug results.
Pharmacogenetic Testing (PGx) can identify these genetic variants so you and your physician can make the most educated and precise treatment plan and reduce the chances of a serious adverse drug reaction.