Pharmacogenomics (PGx) has the potential to affect everything from healthcare costs to medicines developed, to quality of life.
Pharmacogenomics is gaining traction and popularity all over the world among healthcare professionals.
What is Pharmacogenomics?
Your body has thousands of genes that you inherited from your parents. Genes determine which characteristics you have, such as eye color and blood type. Some genes are responsible for how your body processes medications. PGx-tests look for variants in genes that can determine whether a medication could be an effective treatment for you. The test can event determine what dosage of the medication you should take. Currently, doctors use trial and error to determine whether a medication works for a specific patient. Pharmacogenetic testing can remove the guesswork and help doctors prescribe the most effective treatment the first time.
Through a unique collaboration of several leading companies servicing the Pharmacy industry, a comprehensive plan is near completion. The plan will allow Pharmacy owners to add PGx testing to their clinical offerings. Pharmacists know all the medications their patients are taking and, therefore, are best positioned to offer this service. In addition, Pharmacists interact with patients several times a month and are among the most trusted and easily accessible healthcare professionals.
The most important part of PGx testing is the potential it has to save and change lives.
Algorithms can search a Pharmacy’s computer system patient files picking out those patients that would benefit most from PGx testing. This provides a pool of patients for whom PGx testing is justified financially and medically. The related costs to both physicians and insurers will comply with accepted standards of care. PGx testing has proven to save significant healthcare dollars in select patients, therefore, insurers and self-funded employers may be particularly interested in this service.
Your Pharmacy can be at the forefront of the PGx movement. With PGx you can be the recognized industry leader in your community.
PRS Pharmacy Services is involved in the design of the Education, Training, Marketing and Sales components of a PGx program for use by retail Pharmacy locations. We will teach Pharmacists the basics of the science behind PGx and train and certify them on PGx testing, report interpretation, and communicating results to physicians. Keep checking back with us because the PGx program will be completed and available soon!
PRS has extensive experience in PGx testing at the retail Pharmacy level.
We have over 36 years providing independent Pharmacy owners with services and solutions that help their businesses succeed.
PGx testing has some very powerful implications and possibilities. Adding this service to a Pharmacy’s clinical offerings will set the organization apart from the competition.