Pharmacogenetics Testing — A Win/Win for Employees and the Bottom Line
A simple mouth swab can save lives while saving thousands of dollars for your employees and your business.
Most people, prescribed a new medication, have heard this familiar phrase from their doctor: “Let’s start you on this prescription and give it a try. Then schedule a follow-up visit to see how you are feeling and if it’s working for you.” This process can be costly in terms of time and expense for your employees and for your company’s bottom line. Time off work for doctor’s appointments decreases employee quality of life and productivity and increases the cost of doing business. Co-pays and out-of-pocket fees for prescriptions can pile up for your employees. And all these drive up the cost of premiums, adversely affecting your company’s bottom line.
The “trial and error approach” to medications is costly and time consuming. Not only that, it can be dangerous when prescription drugs are involved, carrying risks of addiction and even death if the medications cause an adverse reaction. Each year in the United States, adverse drug reactions result in over 100,000 deaths and 2.3 million serious health risks. Better treatment plans are desperately needed.
But did you know that a simple, affordable, non-invasive genetic test (mouth swab) can determine which medications work best with each employee’s unique DNA…and which to avoid?
Pharmacogenetics is the science of how genes affect responses to many commonly prescribed medications. It allows you to proactively participate in your treatment and can help your physician make treatment decisions. An individual’s responses to drugs are determined by analysis of the inherited genetic differences in drug metabolic pathways. These differences can affect how effective a prescriptions will be and whether the drugs will affect an individual adversely. Though the technology is advanced, the pharmacogenetics testing process is relatively simple. Technicians will collect a saliva sample (mouth swab) and create a personal genetic profile for the tested individual. This information is then run against a comprehensive list of medications to determine the following:
- What prescriptions will work best
- What prescriptions should be avoided
- What medications can be prescribed with the usual precautions
- What dosage for selected medications
- When the analysis is complete, you and your employees can send your pharmacogenetics testing results to any and all physicians to help them make better informed decisions regarding what medications to prescribe.
Pharmacogenetics testing has proven useful in developing more effective treatment plans for a number of medical conditions. It can be used in the treatment and prescription of medications for:
- Heart Conditions
- Hormonal concerns
- Urological problems
Benefits of Pharmacogenetics Testing
Companies that are self-insured can also benefit from pharmacogenetics testing for employees:
- Lower costs: When medical problems are properly treated, healthcare costs go down; less doctor’s visits and prescribed medications may also translate to lower expenses.
- More productive employees: Fewer doctor’s appointments and sick days mean employees are free to focus on their work.
- Reduced chances of addiction: with pharmacogenetics testing, doctors are able to eliminate prescription drugs that won’t work. Employees are less likely to get prescribed potentially addictive drugs that can cause costly — even deadly — habits.
There are many advantages to offering pharmacogenetics testing to your employees, including:
- One-time test: Since pharmacogenetics testing involves your unchanging DNA, it can be completed once and updated when necessary.
- Lower costs: When the trial and error prescription process is eliminated, co-pays and out-of-pocket costs go down; insurance premiums may also decrease.
- Get well sooner: If the right medication and dosage is prescribed first, the patient’s condition will improve sooner. Doctors are further able to avoid treatment plans that include prescriptions with possible adverse effects.
- Fewer doctor’s visits: With the right prescription in hand, multiple trips to the doctor’s office may not be necessary; less wait time, less exposure to germs, and lower costs.
- Ever wonder why physicians try multiple medications to treat some people for the same condition?
- Wouldn’t it be great to know in advance which medications are likely to work best for you and your employees and which ones should be avoided?
- Did you know that you can dramatically reduce the uncertainty of a trial and error approach to prescription decisions?
- Ever wish there was a way to choose the best medication for a chronic condition?
- Are prescribed medications working as safely and as effectively as they should?
Pharmacogenetic Testing Reduces Adverse Drug Reactions – The 4th Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
- Employees can spend hundreds or thousands of dollars annually trying several medications before finding the right one.
- Did you know that an individual’s inherited genetic differences can affect drug response?
- Would you want to know what medications could cause an adverse drug reaction (ADR) or unwanted side effect based on your unique genes?
- What if a simple, affordable genetic test could help you avoid an adverse drug reaction for you, your employees and loved ones?
According to the FDA, adverse drug reactions are the 4th leading cause of death in the U.S. and cost $136 billion a year. ARCpoint Labs of Lancaster presents a cutting-edge solution for businesses and employers: pharmacogenetics testing. With our simple DNA test, you and your employees’ doctors can receive information to determine what medications will work best, what dosages are likely most effective and, perhaps most importantly, which to avoid. Learn more about pharmacogenetics testing by reading below, or contact ARCpoint Labs of Lancaster today.
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