Pharmacogenetic testing is a new area of medicine that looks at how your genes and genetics affect how your body responds to medications. Understanding your genes is very beneficial in ensuring that your medications are working as best as they should for you. Bremo Pharmacy will now be offering pharmacogenetic testing for patients through Rxight™ and MD Labs!
What is pharmacogenetic testing?
- Pharmacogenetics is the study of how your genes and genetics affect how your body responds to medications. Each person has a unique set of genes that can impact how medications work for them. Certain medications may work very well for one person, but not work at all for others.
- Small changes or variations in our genes can have a big impact on our response to medications. If we have changes or variations in our genes, this may cause medications to be ineffective or to cause side effects.
- Rxight™ is one of the most comprehensive pharmacogenetics programs on the market today! Rxight™ reviews genes in our bodies and predicts how you may respond to over 200 prescription and over-the-counter medications.
Why should I be tested?
- Your genes will never change; therefore, this test is a lifelong investment into your health.
- This test may be able to help you in many ways, such as identifying which medications and doses work best for you and avoiding ineffective or unsafe medications
- This test can benefit everyone!
- If you take many medications, you can learn if your genes are allowing you to have an optimal response or are causing side effects.
- If you are on a few medications or none at all, this test will predict what drugs may work best for you in the future as your health changes.
What kinds of medications will I learn about?
- Over 200 prescription and over-the-counter medications will be reviewed when this test is performed.
- Some groups of medications that will be reviewed are used for acid reflux, ADHD, anxiety, arthritis, asthma, blood clots, cancer, cholesterol, depression, diabetes, hypertension, pain, and many more.
How do I get tested?
- A physician order is necessary. We will need to contact your doctor in order to perform this service.
- With a simple cheek swab, our pharmacists will be able to collect your DNA and send it to MD Labs to be analyzed.
- In as little as 7-10 business days, your results will be complete. Included in this test, is a Personalized Medication Review with an Rxight™ Certified Pharmacist. Bremo Pharmacy has two certified pharmacists available and they will set an appointment to meet with you individually to review the results of your test and advise you which medications may be best for you.
- Any recommendations that are made will be sent to your doctor by your pharmacist.
Can this test predict what diseases I may get in the future?
- No, this pharmacogenetic test is not designed to treat, diagnose, or predict any medical conditions. When performing this test, we are testing specifically for the genes that impact how we respond to certain medications.
How much does this cost?
- The cost of this service is $399 and includes the Personalized Medication Review and a lifelong membership.
- This test is covered by flexible spending account (FSA) or health spending account (HSA) cards.
- Some insurance companies may help cover some of the cost of the test. Medicare will cover the costs of the test if you are prescribed any of the following medications: Clopidogrel, Tetrabenzine (>50mg), Amitriptyline, or Nortriptyline
If you are interested in pharmacogenetic testing, please call 804-288-8361 ext. 119 or come to Bremo Pharmacy at 2024 Staples Mill Road to learn more! Many patients have had a great experience with this program and enjoy learning about their health. If you are interested in our other screenings, learn more at our Health & Wellness Screenings. Our pharmacists would love to help you determine the best medications for you!