Pharmacogenetics Testing — Benefits Employees and Saves Money
A quick swab on the inside of the cheek can detect potentially deadly health problems while saving money for your business and employees.
When being prescribed a medicine, many people have heard their doctors say this common expression: “Why don’t we give it a try and see what happens when we start you on this medication. We’ll see how it’s working for you and how you feel on it, then get you in for a follow-up appointment.” This trial-and-error process can cost employees time and money which, in turn, affects your company’s bottom line. Taking time off work for doctor appointments decreases productivity and drives up the cost of doing business, not to mention affecting the employees’ quality of life. Out-of-pocket prescriptions and co-pays can really add up for employees and contribute to rising premiums for your business.
Not only is the approach to prescriptions expensive in terms of time and money, but it can be risky should the employee have an adverse reaction to a medication. Addiction and even death could result. Adverse drug reactions are estimated to cause more than 2.3 million serious health conditions and 100,000 deaths per year in the US. ARCpoint Labs of Tampa Metro Area is here to offer a better system.
With a non-invasive, affordable, and simple genetic test that involves a cheek swab, we can help doctors determine which prescriptions will be most likely to work well with each employee’s individual DNA and which medicines to steer clear of.
The science of how different genes affect the body’s responses to various medications is called pharmacogenetics. By analyzing inherited (genetic) differences in drug metabolism processes, pharmacogenetics help determine how the individual will respond. Those genetic differences can determine whether a medication will be effective and whether that medication will have an adverse effect on the patient. This science allows the patient to participate in the treatment he or she receives, helping the doctor determine how best to proceed.
A Relatively Simple Process
Pharmacogenetics is a fairly simply process that uses an advanced technology. A technician collects a sample of saliva by swabbing the inside of the mouth. Using the DNA in the employee’s saliva, technicians create an individualized genetic profile. The DNA is then checked against a database of medications to look for considering:
- Which medication might work best
- Which medications should probably be avoided
- The dosage for selected prescriptions
- Which prescriptions can be prescribed with usual precautions
Upon completion of the analysis, you can share the test results with any applicable physicians who need to be able to make well-informed prescription decisions. This kind of testing has been proven useful in the development of more effective treatment plans for a number of health conditions. It can be used by doctors to help treat and prescribe medications for:
- Heart Conditions
- Hormonal concerns
- Urological problems
Pharmacogenetic Testing Benefits
Benefits of pharmacogenetics testing for businesses that are self-insured include:
- Lower costs: When health care issues are treated properly, costs go down, leading to fewer doctor visits, which in turn leads to lower costs.
- More productive employees: Less sick time and fewer doctor appointments help free up employees to focus on their jobs.
- Reduced chance of addiction: Pharmacogenetics testing helps doctors skip prescription medications that won’t be effective so employees are less likely to take potentially addictive and/or deadly drugs.
The many advantages of pharmacogenetics testing for employees include:
- One-time test: DNA test results do not change, so the test only needs to be performed once.
- Lower costs: Co-pays and out-of-pocket costs can be reduced when doctors get the prescription right the first time, which may even lead to lower insurance premiums.
- Get well sooner: When the doctor prescribes the correct medicine in the right dosage the first time, the patient can get well sooner and avoid adverse side effects.
- Fewer office visits: The patient can avoid multiple doctor visits if the medication works the first time. Fewer office visits mean lower costs, less exposure to other people’s germs, and less time spent waiting.
Pharmacogenetic Testing Reduces Adverse Drug Reactions – The 4th Leading Cause of Death in the U.S.
Per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), ADRs are America’s fourth leading cause of death and are also responsible for costing $136 billion annually. ARCpoint Labs of Tampa Metro Area offers an innovative solution that benefits employees and employers alike: pharmacogenetics testing. With ARCpoint’ Lab’s easy DNA test, doctors treating you and your employees can get information to help determine which prescriptions will most likely work well, which dosages may work best, and, perhaps most useful of all, which prescriptions to avoid. Get more information about pharmacogenetics testing by contacting ARCpoint Labs of Tampa Metro Area today.
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