November 10, 2016

This Drug’s for You

By Sharon Rosen

pharmacogenomicsOne size does not fit all – especially when it comes to medications.

Pharmacogenomics is the study of how your individual genetic characteristics impact your response to medications. The RIGHT study, done at Mayo Clinic, found that 99 percent of people studied had a genetic variation that affects how they respond to a drug therapy. For example, some patients might suffer harmful sides effects from a certain medication or their bodies might process the medication in a way that it has little, if any effect.

The challenge is to identify and alert physicians about what’s known as drug-gene reactions. With this information, physicians can select the right drug at the right dose at the right time for each patient. Researchers in the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Pharmacogenomics Program have been leaders in implementing drug-gene alerts into the electronic health record to improve patient care.

Mayo Clinic researchers Robert Freimuth, Ph.D.; Liewei Wang, M.D., Ph.D.; and Richard Weinshilboum, M.D., highlight the steps taken in this critical effort in a recent article in For The Record. These steps include:

  • Identifying drug-gene interactions and adding this data into the electronic health record so that physicians receive an alert when prescribing medications where a patient’s genetic makeup could impact their response to the drug
  • Preemptively adding the genetic testing results of 10,000 participants to the electronic health record through the RIGHT 10K study
  • Expanding the information systems in the electronic health record to support the addition of pharmacogenomics data and clinical guidelines for using this information

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Robert Freimuth, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Biomedical Informatics at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Liewei Wang, MD, Ph.D., is a professor of Pharmacology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine.

Richard Weinshilboum, M.D., is the Mary Lou and John H. Dasburg Professor of Cancer Genomics, professor of Medicine and Pharmacology at the Mayo College of Medicine, and director, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine Pharmacogenomics Program.


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