PGX Testing


Genes play an important role in determining the right drug and dosing for a particular condition. A treatment that works for one individual may not work, or may cause severe side effects, for another individual. Pharmacogenomics is a field of personalized medicine that screens an individual’s DNA to determine the optimal treatment for that individual based on their genetic code.

Often, drug choice and dosage require experimentation in order to find the best treatment option. With pharmacogenomic testing, the need for this experimentation is decreased. As a result, the process becomes faster and more cost-effective, which decreases the possibility of adverse events caused by the wrong drug choice or dosage.

Make Informed Decisions

We are beautifully different. Why should our medicine be prescribed as if we were all the same? Variations in our DNA affect everything from our eye color to how we metabolize certain drugs. These differences mean one treatment plan may work well for one person while causing an adverse reaction in another. Pharmacogenetics studies how genetic variations impact the way our bodies respond to certain medications.

Move Beyond Trial and Error

Finding the medication that works best for you shouldn’t be a guessing game. Traditional medicine employs a trial and error approach, but pharmacogenetic testing offers specific guidance about medications that work best for you based on your DNA. A simple cheek swab can reveal which medications may cause side effects or even dangerous adverse reactions — the cause of more than 100,000 deaths in the U.S. each year. 1

Treatment to Your DNA

With knowledge of your genetic makeup, treatments can be tailored uniquely to you. Pharmacogenetic testing empowers you to be an advocate for your own health. Testing provides information about how people with your genotype commonly respond to prescribed medications. Our test report details how your body metabolizes medications and suggests alternative prescriptions when increased sensitivity or reduced response is likely. This means you and your doctor can tailor your treatment plan uniquely to you.

Reasons for Testing


Testing is beneficial whether you’re in good health and taking an active role in your personal healthcare or you’re suffering from a serious condition and facing decisions about treatment.

Testing can reveal your body’s ability to metabolize certain medications and may be right for you if you are experiencing the following:

Condition Not Improving

When you’re taking a medication and not receiving the outcome you expect, testing can reveal reduced sensitivity to medication and suggest more effective options.

Unwanted Side Effects

Whether you’re experiencing a minor side effect like dizziness or a major adverse drug reaction, testing can suggest alternative medications or dosages that are better tolerated.

Taking Multiple Medications

Do you ever wonder if your medications are interfering with each other? Testing can alert you and your doctor to potential drug on drug interactions.

Starting or Taking Anticoagulant Therapies

The FDA recommends people be aware of genotyping prior to starting Clopidogrel (Plavix) or Coumadin (Warfarin). Poor metabolizers may not receive the full benefits of the drug – putting them at risk.