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The potential impact of pharmacogenetic testing on medication adherence



Poor medication adherence is a well-known problem, particularly in patients with chronic conditions, and is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and health-care costs. Multi-faceted and personalized interventions have shown the greatest success. Pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing may serve as another tool to boost patients’ confidence in the safety and efficacy of prescribed medications. Here, we consider the potential impact (positively or negatively) of PGx testing on medication-taking behavior.

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This work was supported by funding from the US National Institutes of Health 5R01-GM081416-05.

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Haga, S., LaPointe, N. The potential impact of pharmacogenetic testing on medication adherence. Pharmacogenomics J 13, 481–483 (2013).

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  • clinical care
  • medication adherence
  • outcomes
  • patient attitudes
  • pharmacogenetics

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