Genetics-based prescribing moves one step closer to reality

A UBC project that uses patients’ genetic information to inform prescribing decisions by physicians has demonstrated its feasibility through a small pilot project, and is now offering its services directly to consumers.

In an article published this week in the CMAJ Open, the creators of TreatGx describe how their pilot project, involving five family practices and one pharmacy in metro Vancouver on Vancouver Island, was used 236 times over a three-month period.  The participating health professionals stated that the clinical decision support made it easy to use genetic information in deciding which drugs to prescribe and helped reduce inappropriate prescribing.  Read more here