The drugs available today to treat diseases are powerful agents that work as intended for most people. Yet, in some cases, a particular drug at the standard dose might not work for you or may trigger an unintended side effect.
When you take a medication, your body’s response is determined by many factors, including your distinct genetic makeup. Depending on your unique genes, you may process medications differently than other people, causing too much of a reaction or no reaction at all.
Fortunately, St. Clair Hospital has teamed with Mayo Clinic to provide pharmacogenomics (PGx) testing to determine how your genes affect your response to certain medications. The results of this type of testing can provide your health care providers with information so they can adjust certain medications to be more effective for you.
Mayo Clinic research has shown that even when looking at a small fraction of the human genome, 99% of people had genetic variations that influence medication selection and dosing.
As a result, PGx testing may provide benefits for people taking multiple medications, experiencing unpleasant side effects, or taking medication with known genetic influences.
As a global reference laboratory, Mayo Clinic Laboratories serves more than 4.5 million patients worldwide. With 25 million tests performed annually and pharmacogenomic tests reviewed by medical experts daily, you can rest assured your test is in good hands.
St. Clair Hospital and Mayo Clinic Laboratories provide more than just test results. Together, we provide guidance to improve your medication experience.
Our physicians, pharmacists, and laboratorians are working around the clock to ensure you receive the patient care you need, with timely results, allowing you to work with your health care providers on treatment options for the best outcomes.
We understand that interpreting genetic testing results can be difficult for non-experts, so St. Clair Hospital is collaborating with Mayo Clinic to provide personalized medication guidance based on your results.
This guidance includes:
After your physicians have received your test results,
they will share how your genes may affect your health
care now and in the future.
DO NOT make any changes to your medication without
talking to your health care provider or pharmacist.