It seems obvious that doctors and the pharmaceutical industry should always be striving for the right drug, for the right patient, at the right dose. And yet, today’s standard prescribing practice could better be described as finding the “the right drug, for as many people as possible.” The good news is that thanks to exciting fields of study like pharmacogenomics, the practice of medicine is moving past a one-size-fits all approach.
Pharmacogenomics is the study of how an individual’s genes impact that person’s response to drugs. This field of precision medicine combines pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) to choose the drugs and drug doses that are likely to work best for each individual person. More than 250 drug compounds, which are contained in thousands of brand name and generic medications, have label information, regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), regarding pharmacogenomic biomarkers — some measurable or identifiable segment of genetic information that can be used to direct the use of a drug.
Pharmacogenomics is one aspect of the field of personalized medicine, sometimes called individualized medicine or precision medicine, which aims to address each patient with treatments that are as customized as possible. These advances in medicine help patients by removing both the pain and costs of trial-and-error treatment.
As part of this effort, FamilyWize has partnered with MedTek21, a software-based platform that helps both patients and their care providers identify hidden medication risks and optimize prescribed medications for maximum efficacy. FamilyWize and MedTek21 can help patients by offering access to MedTek21 Direct, an easy-to-use personalized medication management program. This program can help patients learn if they have been prescribed a medication that might be impacted by their unique metabolic profile. MedTek21’s software and mobile application continuously keep patients and their physicians up to date and proactively flag any new potential issues in real time. Should a prescribed medication be indicated to not improve the patient’s health, this means money is being spent on a potentially ineffective prescription with each monthly refill.
To learn more, patients can visit https://familywize.org/commercial-partners/medtek21