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Lab Testing Services, PGx Genetic Testing, lab testing services, toxicology and pharmacogenomics pharmacogenetic testing

Inherited differences in your genes can affect your individual response to medications. Some people have excellent therapeutic responses to their prescription medications, while others may experience little to no benefit. Additionally, some individuals may be at risk of adverse drug reactions related to built-up toxicity in their systems. This can potentially lead to serious, life-threatening medical events requiring hospitalization or worse.

GeneAlign pharmacogenetic testing is a DNA test designed specifically to improve patient care and safety. Our testing service pinpoints specific genes involved in the metabolization of medications in your body. By targeting small changes within these genes, clinicians can get a more accurate prediction of the relative rate at which your body is able to process certain prescription and over-the-counter drugs, potentially optimizing the therapeutic benefit that you receive from your medications.

By the Numbers

Adverse Drug Events annually account for:

  • 2 million serious events1
  • 100,000 deaths2
  • 700,000 emergency department admissions and 120,000 hospital visits3
  • $3.5 billion in additional healthcare costs3

Over 200 FDA-approved drugs have PGx information on labels4

Two-thirds of all patient visits result in a drug prescription

Ask yourself…

  • Have you ever had an adverse reaction to a drug or medication?
  • Are you currently being prescribed more than 4 medications?
  • Has your physician ever altered your dose because you weren’t feeling the full therapeutic benefit of a drug?
  • Are you currently taking medication for cardiovascular health?
  • Have you ever suffered from depression and have multiple medications with little symptom relief?
  • Are you being prescribed pain medications and still feeling discomfort?

If you answered "Yes" to any of these questions, you may be a candidate for our cutting edge, new diagnostic test.

Frequently Asked Questions for Patients

How can I get tested?

  • Request this "one time only" genetic test
  • This information can be utilized for guiding drug treatments for you entire life

Why should I get tested?

  • The risk of having an adverse drug reaction increases exponentially if you are taking more than 4 prescription medications
  • One out of every two patients has a variant gene that alters the drug metabolic rate of these enzymes

References:

1 – U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
(2014). National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention. Washington, DC: Author.

2 – New England Journal of Medicine, July 22, 2010

3 – https://www.cdc.gov/medicationsafety/basics.html

4 – https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DevelopmentApprovalProcess/DevelopmentResources/DrugInteractionsLabeling/ucm114848.htm