Genetic Testing for drug therapy

Genetic testing is popular these days, testing for anything from ancestry to inheritable disease or cancer risk, but a local pharmacy is now offering genetic testing for drug therapy. 

RAPID CITY, S.D. — 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. Genetic Testing, specifically about drug therapy, (called Pharmacogenomic testing) will help you determine whether a medication could be an effective treatment for you. The Medicine Shoppe offers this testing for 10 different disease states associated with such conditions like diabetes, cholesterol and depression, along with 200 drugs. The test also determines which vitamin choice is best for you. Pharmacist Clay Sloan says this type of testing is suitable for really anyone.

Drug Testing Kit

Clay Sloan, The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacist Manager, says, “Deciding whether to be tested is really based on if you are taking drugs right now or if you’re anticipating drug therapy in the future. Most folks that are younger don’t really take a lot of medications which is great, but moving forward this testing includes well over 200 drugs so it can be a good choice for you moving forward in the future. If you take drugs now and you’re concerned about getting the most bang for your buck with money, also with side effects, this is a great choice for you too.”

A small saliva sample from your cheek can help determine a break down which medication would be best for you on a number of levels.

“It’s a little bit complex but the bottom line is that it runs a panel of our genes associated with liver enzymes and using that information we can determine how we process drugs. Some folks may process a drug faster, so they would require a higher dose some folks may process a drug slower so they may require a lower dose. This gives us an opportunity to fine-tune a drug. Other people may not process a drug properly, or at all, so the drug is not a good fit for them and it would likely cause you know not good treatment results and also increased side effects. So this can help us pick which drugs we will process appropriately that could be a good fit — low side effects and give us the most optimal treatment,” says Sloan.

The cost is $400 and currently is not covered by insurance. You can call Medicine Shoppe for a consultation.

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