This Test Could Save Your Life

Med Shadow
by Tori Rodriguez

Wouldn’t it be great if there were some sort of test you could take to predict which medications are most likely to work best for you personally, and which ones could hurt you with an adverse reaction? Good news: There is such a test, and although you probably haven’t heard of it, it’s not some out-of-reach possibility for future use – it’s starting to pop up at medical centers around the country.

Though PGx testing is already available in some places, it isn’t yet widespread, and insurance coverage is still limited. “Drugs that are known to work differently based on a person’s genetics are likely to be covered – for example, clopidogrel, warfarin, fluoxetine, simvastatin and abacavir,” explains Mohamed A. Jalloh, PharmD, assistant professor at Touro University California College of Pharmacy and spokesman for the American Pharmacists Association.

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