DNA mapping call
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.