Dr. Scott Dellinger, MPC Geriatrics, shares ten reasons why metabolic validation through pharmacogenetic testing has become an integral part of his long term care (LTC) practice for nearly 30 assisted living facilities with approximately 1,100 geriatric patients and growing. Pharmacogenetic testing helps me find the best medication for each individual patient. Pharmacogenetic testing is a clinical tool that helps health care providers move beyond the “one size fits all” treatment strategy, to more personalized medicine. Pharmacogenetic testing reduces the risk of drug-drug interactions and enables selection of the correct doses. I was able to identify that 50-75% of my patients were on a medication that needed a dosage change by utilizing this tool.
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