I feel like most people I know are on some sort of medication. My dad takes regular medication for diabetes; my mom takes something every day for acid reflux; and my coworker, Jenn, has a pill box full of supplements that she takes throughout the day.
Medications help people with day-to-day ailments and medical issues, but have you ever really thought about how? How does someone's body process these medications? Jennifer Wick PharmD, MPH, BCACP, Assistant Director of Pharmacy for Ambulatory Services at The Christ Hospital Health Network is an expert in this field, specifically - pharmacogenomics.
What is pharmacogenomics?
Pharmacogenomics (PGx) is the study of how genetic variations affect the metabolism, action and tolerability of medications. Every person has a unique genetic makeup, and this can cause differences in how medications are processed or how medications function.
At The Christ Hospital, you can discover your unique genetic makeup with a simple cheek swab. Any Christ Hospital provider can order a pharmacogenomics test, and results go to a pharmacogenomics-certified pharmacist.
The pharmacist then interprets your results by comparing any genetic variations to medications you are currently taking or may be interested in starting. Recommendations are provided to your other healthcare providers, and they work together to come up with a customized treatment plan.
The benefits of pharmacogenomics
The benefits of pharmacogenomics are truly getting the most out of your medications. Pharmacogenomics allows your provider to predict which medications will work best for you based on your unique genetic profile, avoiding side effects or ineffective options.
How The Christ Hospital Health Network supports pharmacogenomics
The Christ Hospital Health Network supports pharmacogenomics by using a comprehensive and integrated approach. Your pharmacogenomic results are supported by both technology and on-site pharmacists that track your progress over time.
Providers have access to a dynamic tool in your medical record, which will continue to provide updated genetic recommendations as new medications and information becomes available. Both healthcare providers and patients have access to an onsite pharmacist who can meet with you to discuss results and answer any follow up questions.
And what this means for you is, The Christ Hospital Precision Health program gives you the opportunity to shift your healthcare from reactive to proactive. You can take full advantage of you pharmacogenetic information and make informed choices with your healthcare team regarding medications. This results in more effective use of medications with fewer side effects, and an overall improvement in medication management.
How can I participate?
You can participate by asking you Christ Hospital provider about the test. Pharmacogenomic testing is offered at all practices with The Christ Hospital Physicians, and the cheek swab can be completed at any of their lab sites.
If you do not have a Christ Hospital provider, then they encourage you to schedule a new patient visit so you can discuss all that Precision Health has to offer!
Click or tap here to find a provider with The Christ Hospital Health Network or call our new patient scheduling line at 513-585-3000 to find a provider that's right for you.