Targeted genetics tests can sometimes tell us which medications to avoid?

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If Chuck Dushman were given Plavix, a blood thinner often given to people who have undergone the placement of a stent in a coronary artery, he would be at high risk of becoming a statistic: one of the 2 million Americans who suffer adverse drug reactions each year.

[Dushman] is vice president of Rxight, a company that does pharmacogenetic testing that can identify how a person’s body will react to about 280 drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter.

Taking medication without getting genetic testing done is “like playing Russian roulette,” [Todd Troxell, a Jacksonville pharmacist] said.

Customers who chose to get the testing done swab the inside of their cheeks. The swab is then sent to Rxight’s labs. Detailed results are then returned to Troxell, who goes over the results with each customer. The report indicates which drugs are likely to be effective, which drugs may not be effective and which drugs are potentially dangerous to a patient.

Many commonly prescribed drugs are either ineffective or dangerous to surprisingly large groups of people: 38 percent won’t respond to any anti-depressant; 40 percent won’t respond to asthma medications; 30 percent of people, like [Dushman], are at risk if given Plavix.

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