Pharmacogenetics

What is Pharmacogenetic testing?

The breakdown Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics explains itself; pharmacology (study or the effects and uses of medications) and Genomics (the study of genes and their functions). This study provides how your genes affect your body’s response to medications. Pharmacogenomic testing looks for changes or variants in your genes that are responsible for whether a specific medication could have side effects or be an effective treatment.

How is this test performed?

All that is needed to run this test is a small sample of blood or saliva. In fact, this test is typically only performed once since your genetic makeup does not change over time.

Insurance and Coverage

Some insurance companies do cover this testing, it depends usually on the reason for the test. If your insurance does cover the test, they will only cover it once. There is a federal law in place called GINA, Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, that makes it illegal for health insurance companies to discriminate against you based on your genetic information. However, it does not protect you against genetic discrimination for life insurance.