Your DNA Makes You Unique
You have a unique genetic code in your DNA that determines how your body looks and functions. Your DNA also determines how you respond to different medications. The vast majority of drugs – more than 90 percent – only work in 30 to 50 percent of people. This is mainly because of genes that interfere in some way with the medicine. Testing your DNA for this genetic information gives physicians the tools they need to predict whether a specific drug will work for you.
All it takes is a painless cheek swab sample test. We analyze your DNA and send a comprehensive report to your doctor who can then prescribe the absolute best medicines for your body, fine tune the dosage for your individual metabolic pathways, and prevent harmful drug interactions. This cutting-edge process is called pharmacogenomics, an important aspect of a new revolution in healthcare … Personalized Medicine.
Personalized Medicine – A Gamechanger
Personalized medicine is essentially an extension of traditional healthcare, but offers much greater precision. Providers may now use a patient’s unique genetic profile to guide the selection of medications and related treatments, and in many cases avoid adverse drug reactions. This added precision offers a more preventive and cost-effective approach to patient care. Most health insurance policies cover DNA tests when ordered by a doctor, yet only 1 out of 10 physicians feel adequately informed about these types of genomic tests.
Our Smart*Decision DNA Solution easily solves this problem. We start by getting some basic medical information from you during a brief visit or phone call. A licensed physician with pharmacogenomic experience will then determine if there is medical necessity for a DNA test. If the doctor orders the genetic test, a technician will call you to schedule an appointment to collect your DNA. A sample is taken painlessly by gently rubbing the inside of your cheek with a special cotton swab. This can be done at your home, at work or at any convenient location. Your DNA is then sent to a CLIA-certified laboratory to be analyzed by qualified technicians. The test results are sent to the ordering physician and made available to your personal doctor in a physician-friendly format. Since your DNA virtually never changes, this important information can always be used by your healthcare providers when prescribing and dosing medications.