Pharmacogenomic Testing


What is Pharmacogenomic Testing?

Pharmaco = Drugs/Medicine

Genomic = Your Unique DNA

Pharmacogenomics (also called PGx) is the study of how each person’s genes change the way their body responds to medicines. PGx testing answers the question: how does your body affect the drugs? Not all drugs are effective for all people. In fact, response rates for many drugs are only 50-75%. One of the factors that can help explain this variability is an individual patient’s DNA.



of patients possess genetic variants that can change their medical management.

How does it work?

Your DNA is collected for the PGx test using a simple cheek swab in the office.

The laboratory analyzes the sample.

Results are returned to your doctor, usually within 5 to 10 days.

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Edgewood, KY 41017

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What information will I get?

PGx testing shows how your genes work with certain:

  • Chemotherapy drugs

  • Anti-nausea medications

  • Pain relievers

  • Psychiatric medications

  • Other drugs

What are the limitations?

PGx testing focuses only on certain medications with well-known risks. It will not assess your risk for medications not included on the list.

How much does it cost?

  • Patients with traditional Medicare or Medicaid pay $0
  • Patients with private insurance pay no more than $349
  • Most patients with private insurance will pay $99 or less

Learn more about your results

Use the chart to select common enzymes (proteins in a cell) found in the body and how different function levels may affect certain prescribed medications.

Please note this chart and the content contained in the chart is for informational purposes only. The content is not intended as a substitute for obtaining medical advice, a professional diagnosis or treatment from a healthcare professional. Please do not take any healthcare action, or rely on any information provided, based on the content of the chart, without first talking to your healthcare professional. Do not disregard medical advice, delay seeking medical care or discontinue treatment or medication based on any content in the chart.

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