Finding out what medication is right for you. Your genetic makeup may provide information on why some medications are more effective for you than others. Pharmacogenomics is the science of how your genes affect your body’s response to medication and Pharmacogenomics testing is one clinical decision support tool that can help your doctor to manage your medications. A simple blood test can be used to detect changes in genes that affect how some medications are metabolised (activated or broken down). This information can then be used to help determine whether a medication or dose is likely to be effective for you or whether you may be at risk of serious side effects. Your doctor can discuss the appropriateness of this test during your consultation.

Frequently Asked Questions

The test will cost $197 and is not subsidised by Medicare.

The simple blood test can be performed at any Clinipath collection centre. Your doctor can provide a Clinipath request form during your consultation.

Your doctor will discuss the results and provide a report detailing the predicted impact on your current and future medications, based on current international recommendations. 

Results for most pharmacogenomic tests are available in two weeks.

Your Emerald Clinics doctor will talk to you about the results. They may use the results to help manage your medications and recommend that you:

  • keep taking a medication,
  • change the dose of a medication,
  • stop taking a medication, or
  • take a different medication

This test is not used as the sole basis for your doctors’ prescribing decisions. This test does not detect all genetic variants which may affect medication metabolism, or cause an adverse reaction to a medication, or result in an inadequate medication response.

The test is only valid for a select number of medications. It cannot tell you how you will respond to all medications. Discuss with your doctor if you have any questions.

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