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Pharmacogenetic Testing: Why Is It So Disappointing?

Barbara J Limandri
Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services 2019 April 1, 57 (4): 9-12
Pharmacogenetic testing to aid in making decisions about prescribing medications was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 2005 and gradually became a common practice. However, an innovation that was thought to help individualize prescribing psychotropic medications with fewer trials and errors soon became a disappointment to clinicians. Current pharmacogenetic testing assesses how the liver metabolizes drugs through the cytochrome p 450 system; however, much of the variability in how a drug affects an individual also relies on the pharmacodynamics of the drug (i.e., the specific ways the drug changes the body). The current article discusses the advantages and disadvantages of pharmacogenetic testing to aid in prescribing psychotropic medications. [Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services, 57(4), 9-12.].


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