DNA map­ping call

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UNIVER­SITY of South Aus­tralia se­nior lec­turer in phar­macy

Dr Vi­jay Sup­piah has called for Aus­tralian phar­ma­cists to em­brace phar­ma­co­ge­netic (PGx) test­ing to de­liver med­i­ca­tion more ef­fec­tively and slash around $2.4 bil­lion wasted each year through un­safe and in­ef­fec­tive drug pre­scrip­tions.

“PGx test­ing – map­ping a per­son’s ge­netic makeup – is the most ef­fec­tive way to en­sure pa­tients are pre­scribed drugs which suit their spe­cific DNA pro­file,” Sup­piah said.

“Most peo­ple ex­pect that when they get a pre­scrip­tion filled from a phar­macy, it will be ef­fec­tive and have min­i­mal side ef­fects. Un­for­tu­nately, that only hap­pens in up to 60% of cases,” he said, with ge­netic makeup play­ing a large role in whether a spe­cific drug will work or cause cer­tain side ef­fects.

See his full ar­gu­ment in the Aus­tralian Jour­nal of Pri­mary Health at pub­lish.csiro.au.

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