A person’s genetic make-up can influence whether they might experience side effects from certain medications. Some laboratories now offer pharmacogenetic tests that allow patients to learn whether they carry genetic variants known to be associated with adverse drug effects. Such tests might help patients and their doctors choose safer, more effective treatments, but the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and other regulatory agencies have expressed concern that patients might make unproven, inappropriate decisions about their medications based on their pharmacogenetic results.

 

 

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