No matter what you do as a physician or pharmacist, some patients will respond far better to treatment than others, and some will have adverse side effects.
Medications can be very helpful and effective, but in approximately 40% of depression cases, drug therapy is ineffective.
There is pharmacogenetic information available to help align medications with each persons unique genetic profile in these areas: depression, anxiety, pain, cardio, seizure, bipolar and more. But not all pharmacogenetic companies offer you the “whole” picture. Know what you are getting before you test your residents.
PGx Medical travels around the country educating and implementing pharmacogenetics within the field of aging services. “It is a simple process,” said Clay Bullard, President of PGx Medical. “Our program addresses clinical concerns in the long-term care setting such as falls, dementia, sleep, pain, med management and overall staff efficiencies.”
The pharmacogenetic test can be placed in the electronic health record for consulting purposes when ordering future medications.
“This is the way of the future,” said Bullard. “Trial and error medication is difficult on the average person, but can be extremely hard on elderly adults. With pharmacogenetics, you avoid that process and you are able to provide a personalized treatment option.”
For more information on pharmacogenetics and how to educate your staff, or implement the program into your long-term care community, drop us an email at info@LindaShell.com.