Med Clips – How Your Genes Affect Your Response to Medications

Personalized Medicine - How Your Genes Affect Your Response to Medications

By Kingman Regional Medical Center Staff

Have you ever wondered why two people can have different responses to the same medication? One patient may have side effects while another has symptom relief. This is because all individuals are unique.  Each person’s genetic makeup determines how certain medications will work. Pharmacogenomics is the study of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. This relatively new field combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to develop effective, safe medications and doses that will be tailored to a person’s genetic makeup.

We invite you to watch this informative presentation by Dr. Raquel Vertrees who will explain what pharmacogenomics is, how a patient’s genes can affect medication responses, and how the future of medicine may be moving toward pharmacogenomic testing, or personalized medicine.

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