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. Over 90% 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 and returns results to your doctor, usually within 5 to 10 days.

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
A Genetic Counselor shares information on a computer screen with Patient

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