Using genetic information to guide prescribing antidepressant medications.

July 16, 2015

Genetic testing of drug metabolism genes may help personalize the selection of antidepressant medication. While not quite coming out to recommend the testing itself, an expert panel has recommended the use of such test results if they exist. An expert panel has just released guidelines on how to use genetic information when prescribing the most…

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Personalized treatment of Hepatitis C

July 16, 2015

Your Hepatitis C infection could be cured – if you knew that you had it. Ontario recently approved reimbursement of the drug Harvoni® for treatment of the Hepatitis C (HCV) genotype 1 virus. Harvoni® “offers cure rates between 94 and 99%, reduces the incidence of side effects and shortens the duration of treatment to as…

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deCODE Genetics shows the precision of population-scale sequencing projects

June 16, 2015

deCODE Genetics CEO Kari Stefansson recently announced that “We have insights into all living, and some dead, Icelanders… At the push of a button, we could find all the women with mutations in the BRCA2 breast cancer gene.” Mutant BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes are highly predictive of breast and other cancers and women with such…

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How can personalized medicine improve the use of health care dollars?

June 16, 2015

The Personalized Medicine Coalition (PMC) has recently released an important and informative white paper discussing how to achieve a balanced approach to the adoption of personalized medicine technologies that reflects the pressures on healthcare spending, improving patient outcomes and fostering innovation. The paper highlights two unique challenges that personalized medicine presents when considering payment models:…

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