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Pharmacogenetic Testing

In this day and age, we are constantly seeing commercials for pharmaceuticals with extensive lists of potential adverse side effects, as well as hearing about numerous lawsuits against pharmaceutical companies for marketing and selling potentially dangerous drugs. Because of the many risks of adverse reactions to the wide variety of medications available on the market, it is more important than ever for pharmacists to focus on the safety of their patients.

Pharmacists play an important role in a patient's overall drug therapy. Specialists and physicians may not always have the whole picture of all of the medications a patient has been prescribed by various professionals. One way to keep patients safe is by closely monitoring their various prescriptions and by identifying any possible adverse reactions. At Kress Specialty Apothecary, we have a powerful tool that allows us to increase safety even more for our patients as we offer pharmacogenetic testing. This type of testing allows us to improve the efficacy and safety of drug therapy so that our patients can experience the best results from their medications while minimizing the chances for adverse or even dangerous side effects or reactions. If you would like to know more about our pharmacogenetic testing services, please call us or visit our New Jersey store today.

What is Genetic Testing?

While genetic testing may sound complicated, it simply requires a swab of the inside of your cheek for DNA extraction. Your DNA sample is then analyzed and a report is issued regarding many different genetic issues including your personal drug metabolism. These tests focus on the genetic variations of your personal makeup and how those variations will affect your body's response to 14 different classes of drugs. The test is simple, quick, completely pain-free, and often covered by insurance. After your results are received, our staff will consult with you regarding your genetic profile and discuss how it may affect your medical treatment now and in the future.

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Benefits of Pharmacogenetic Testing

Have you ever taken the same medication as a friend and you experienced side effects but your friend did not? Have you ever been prescribed an antibiotic or another type of medication that seemed to do nothing, causing you to make another trip to the store to get a different dose or different type of medication? Even then, you generally have no guarantees that the second prescription will work. Such trial and error is not only expensive, frustrating and inconvenient but can also be dangerous. Not only is the treatment you need delayed but you also do not know if you will have an adverse reaction to different types of medicines.

How your body reacts to a specific medication depends on your genetic makeup, including your body's rate at which it can metabolize the medication. Because we are all genetically different, it should be no surprise that we can react to medications in such different and surprising ways. Pharmacogenetic testing takes the surprise away from trying new drugs and usually can eliminate the need for trial and error. The results of your genetic testing can give our pharmacists the following information and more:

  • Whether a certain drug will be effective for you;
  • The likelihood of certain side effects of a certain drug;
  • The likelihood of any interactions between drugs if you have multiple prescriptions.

While pharmacogenetic testing can be extremely beneficial, cost-effective, and can improve the safety of drug therapy, many pharmacies do not offer this service. At Kress Specialty Apothecary, we want to provide the highest quality of care for each and every patient, which is why we are proud to offer genetic testing. This testing can not only help with a current prescription, but the results can be applied to your future drug therapy as well for the rest of your life. This can provide a sense of security and trust when it comes to the effectiveness and safety of the prescriptions we provide for you.

Many people are unfamiliar with the concept and availability of pharmacogenetic testing and how it can benefit their health in regard to drug therapy. By engaging in testing, the pharmacists at Kress Specialty Apothecary have access to the genetic information we need to provide a lifetime's worth of care. After you undergo the simple test one time, your genetic information can provide important guidance for us to do the following:

  • Intervene if you are currently using a medication that does not suit your genetics;
  • Prevent future adverse reactions and effects;
  • Oversee your comprehensive drug therapy for the safest and healthiest results.

Call or Visit Kress Specialty Apothecary for More Information

If you are interested in pharmacogenetic testing or any of our other services, please do not hesitate to call us at 856-323-8723 or stop in to visit our retail location in New Jersey today.