Each week we will aim to bring out a concise email that provides 4-5 key pieces of information addressing a specific issue in clinical therapeutics.
This week: Pharmacogenomics (part 4)
Practical pharmacogenomic testing is now a reality in Australia and around the world. With a relatively simple procedure, it is possible to gather genetic material painlessly and conveniently, using a simple cheek swab. The materials then labeled and sent to a certified laboratory for analysis with the results can be made available after a period of only a few days.
- It is of interest that particular genetic patterns relating to drug metabolism are known to exist within particular ethnic groups. This phenomenon underpins an important new emerging speciality referred to as ethnopharmacology, the science of understanding how particular ethnic groups are prone to respond to medications in a particular way.
- The most important element of pharmacogenomic analysis used to ensure that it can be applied in the context of a well-rounded consideration of all relevant factors – please include the dose and duration of medication treatment, the profile of medical morbidities impact upon and individual, an understanding of the results of various other investigation such as serum biochemistry and medical imaging.
- Ward MM are pleased to offer this service for clinicians. Please contact 1800 WardMM (1800927366) for further details.
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