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Healthcare for the 21st Century

June 28, 2017 | Genetic Foresight, Inc.

Look around you. Everything from Facebook and Instagram news feeds to lunch orders and custom designs are all tailored to satisfy your unique preferences. For some reason, though, medicine has yet to reach this high level of innovation that is gradually becoming the norm.

Only recently have physicians and other medical professionals begun to recognize the need for individualized healthcare. Before, medicine was based on a one-size-fits-all approach. However, just like fingerprints, each person’s genetic makeup is unique, meaning each individual reacts to certain prescription medications differently. Unfortunately, ignoring this can result in ineffective medication and adverse drug reactions.

For example, a man named Jake was riding his bike when he had an accident and broke his arm. His doctor, using the one-size-fits-all approach, prescribed him codeine to ease the pain. The doctor suspected nothing would go wrong, as codeine commonly works for many patients. However, because Jake’s specific genome reacted poorly to codeine, he experienced lightheadedness, dizziness, and nausea.

These occurrences take place more than you would think.

Adverse drug reactions are often life threatening, and are the fourth leading cause of death in America. Had the doctor considered Jake’s genome before prescribing codeine, he could have prescribed an alternative medication and prevented serious complications for Jake.

Genetic Foresight believes that people should know how their genomes react to medications so they can pick the right drug the first time.

Personalize your healthcare and secure your well being through pharmacogenomics.

SOURCES:

  1. http://www.yourgenome.org/stories/personal-genomics-the-future-of-healthcare
  2. http://www.merckmanuals.com/professional/clinical-pharmacology/adverse-drug-reactions/adverse-drug-reactions
  3. http://www.rxlist.com/codeine-sulfate-side-effects-drug-center.htm