By Reed Richardson

September 30, 2019

Pharmacogenomics continues to gain traction and attention within the field of medicine, but it is important to incorporate all of the other factors which may help personalize a patient’s medication treatment plan. Pharmacogenomics combines pharmacology and genomics, but in addition to these two important factors the patient’s allergies, medication history, drug-drug interactions, family history, medical history, and lifestyle also play an important role in deciding the best medication therapy for the patient. 

In the past, medications, through a trial and error process, were prescribed solely based on a patient’s age, sex, weight and organ function, specifically liver and kidney function. We can take this information and combine it with pharmacogenomics, increasing the safety and efficacy of our treatment plans. In addition to prescribing a more accurate medication based on all of these patient factors, we can also provide cost savings due to avoiding unneeded medications. Pharmacogenomics is an integral part of medical practice and will become more so with technology and tools to apply pharmacogenomics in daily clinical patient care. 

The creation of hc1 PGx Advisor™ allows for individualized dosing, increased efficacy, maximized safety and overall higher patient satisfaction resulting in less non-adherence. As a clinician utilizes hc1 PGx Advisor, they are able to combine the patient’s PGx results with other key pieces of information such as lifestyle, family history, medical history, allergies, and past medications in order to determine the right drug and right dose for the patient. In addition, clinicians are able to see how a patient’s risk score may change between the patient’s current and potential, new medication regimen after all the variables are taken into consideration

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