Taking the right medications can save a life – yet taking the wrong ones or incorrect dosages can cause adverse reactions or even death.
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that, "Adverse Drug Reactions (ADR's) are a large public health problem".
- ADR's cause over 700,000 emergency room visits each year that are reported.
- Elderly people 65 and over are twice as likely to suffer from drug reactions – and seven times more likely to be hospitalized.
- According to the USDA, over 100,000 "preventable" deaths occur each year – in fact, ADR's are now considered the 4th leading cause of death!
Pharmacogenetic testing (PGx) takes the guesswork out of prescribing medications by providing a comprehensive genetic report to you and your doctor on the most precise and ideal drug and dosage for your unique DNA profile.
"Patients on multiple medications are exposed to far more risks and have a significantly higher probability of experiencing severe side effects from over-medication"
Pharmacogenomics is the“study or measure of an individual’s response or metabolism to prescription medication”. In addition to your genotype, factors in drug metabolism are age, circulation, nutrition, lifestyle and gender.
Molecular Testing Labs™
Until recently, most of the data and information available on pharmaceutical genetic testing was research based – including extensive studies done by the prestigious Mayo Clinic. In January of 2015, Molecular Testing Laboratories (MTL), received approval for PGx testing services. A PGx test is non-invasive and can be requested by the patient and authorized by a doctor. An oral cheek swab gathers DNA sufficient for testing. Read what one doctor says:
"Molecular DNA testing results are the instruction manual that doctors need to properly diagnose and guide their patients treatment"
MTL then generates a comprehensive PGx report that identifies tolerances and metabolic capacity for pain, psychiatric, cardio and thrombotic medications -- and provides crucial life saving data on drugs that could cause severe or catastrophic reactions to your unique DNA profile.
Testing is covered by Medicare and is recommended by both the FDA and HHS
Molecular Pharmacogenetic testing is recommended by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Health and Human Resources, and is covered by Medicare and most major insurance companies.
Legacy Care Planning is creating awareness for this life saving technology by offering educational materials, videos and test requisition services. Please pass this information on to your doctor or those in need of PGx testing.
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