This Month in Pharmacogenetics and HealthIT – January 2017

Pharmacogenomics and Precision Medicine is trending like never before, with the strides that are being made in this field. While you can go and search out the news yourself, we want to make it easy for you. You can start by following social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and our preferred lab partner, Genelex on Facebook and Twitter. We’re constantly posting relevant articles from around the web. Or you can follow our “This Month in Pharmacogenetics and HealthIT” series where we highlight some of the current trending articles. Here’s this month’s trending articles:

CYP Testing to Help Prevent Dangerous Adverse Drug Reactions

“Within minutes, a doctor can get a clear indication whether the medication he or she is about to prescribe can be a danger to the patient. If those extra minutes can save a patient’s life, they are well spent.”


Congratulations to David Durham, M.D., MPH and YouScript’s Ranjit Thirumaran M.Pharm, Ph.D., Director, Clinical Pharmacogenetics on publishing PSYCHIATRIC PHARMACOGENETICS: from concepts to cases.

UM doctors want more patients tested for gene variant that makes heart drug ineffective

Recent news coming from University of Maryland Medical Center continuing the dialogue that more patients should receive genetic testing before taking Plavix. We absolutely agree — we’re glad to see more health systems turning to pharmacogenetic testing and personalized prescribing.

Phoenix Children’s CIO says big data tactics reduce medical errors

“To protect the safety of our young patients, Phoenix Children’s Chief Medical Information Officer Vinay Vaidya, MD, led a team to develop a “zero-tolerance” dose range checking system. The goal was a lofty one: to eliminate 100 percent of overdosing errors at the prescribing stage.”

New Genetic Tests Help Personalize Depression Medication

Read on how pharmacogenetics testing and precision medicine helped one nurse overcome prescription side effects and find the right drug for her.