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Concierge Medicine Today (CMT) Issues Statement of Support for Use and Application of Pharmacogenomics Inside Concierge Medicine

Concierge Medicine Today believes, as do pharmacy organizations, that pharmacogenomics is primed for continued growth.

Atlanta, GA, November 09, 2016 --( Concierge Medicine Today issued a statement of support for the use and appropriate application of Pharmacogenomics under the guidance and direction of a Physician. "Pharmacogenomics aims to predict how individual genetic variability impacts drug absorption, metabolism and activity," said Catherine Sykes, CEO and Publisher of the national trade publication. "Concierge Medicine Physicians are the ideal delivery mechanism for this comprehensive testing."

"Comprehensive Pharmacogenomics is a powerful healthcare innovation. Concierge Medicine provides the ideal delivery model for the future of predictive medicine," says trade publication, Concierge Medicine Today. "Used under the guidance and application of a Concierge Physician, these tests can have a predictive effect on patient treatment outcomes, find adverse interactions and help to manage prescription dosages. Comprehensive screenings with more than 50 well-established pharmacogenomic genes in a single, cost-effective test can provide medically actionable and clinically relevant data, allowing Concierge Physicians, to make a more informed and thoughtful treatment recommendation for the health and well-being of each patient. Concierge Medicine Today strongly supports use of this innovative testing."

Pharmacogenomics is the combination of pharmacology and genomics. It involves the study of genetic variations that influence an individual's response to specific drugs. Pharmacology is the part of science that studies how drugs work. Genomics is the study of a person's genome including the interactions of those genes with each other and with the person's environment. Just as decision aids now alert prescribers that the patient takes a supplement that may interact with a prescription, these tests would alert the physician and prescriber that the patient is a poor metabolizer of a particular drug.

The benefits of pharmacogenomics testing to patient adherence are frequently overlooked. Patients fail to take their medications for a number of reasons, such as the general sense that the medications do not work and anxieties related to the possible side effects listed within drug labels.

Concierge Medicine Today cautions that in order to make this information actionable for patients, a Physician must fully integrate pharmacogenomics into system-wide prescribing practices. After years of thoughtful consideration, careful research and review and countless hours of dialogue with various physicians and companies, we recommend Concierge Medicine Physicians begin to make personal genomic data information and tests available to patients. However, the type of test matters. There are a number of offerings in the marketplace with more to come in the years ahead as these tests become more mainstream. Comprehensive screenings with more than 50 well-established pharmacogenomic genes in a single, cost-effective test will be able to provide medically actionable and clinically relevant data, allowing Concierge Physicians and their patients to make more informed and thoughtful treatment decisions.

"This is an important next step in medicine," said Sykes. "It is critical that patients and their advising Physician(s) begin to learn more about a person's individual genome. Medical science is advancing more rapidly than we've ever seen, outpacing what a Physician can possibly know about adverse drug interactions based on genotype. There are tests available and becoming increasingly more affordable that determine how patients will respond to drug therapy for a number of therapeutic areas, including psychiatry, pain management, and cardiology."

Concierge Medicine Today supports Concierge Medicine Doctors in working with pharmacists and pharmacogenomic companies to develop clinical decision support tools that will assist and guide prescribers in the use of pharmacogenomic information. Concierge Medicine Today further supports them in preparing and distributing materials for patient education and beginning to frame institutional guidelines for pharmacogenomic implementation inside local hospitals and specialty offices.

Concierge Medicine Today encourages Concierge Medicine Physicians and the provider community to work with local pharmacists to lead the clinical application of pharmacogenomics. Collaborating together, as part of a safe, effective, and cost-efficient medication practice. Furthermore, to prepare all Concierge Medicine Physicians and staff to provide Pharmacogenomics testing and recommendations, Concierge Medicine Today calls on more State Associations, colleges of pharmacy and the Board of Pharmacy Specialties (BPS) to include curriculum about this growing field.

Finally, Concierge Medicine Today believes, as do pharmacy organizations, that pharmacogenomics is primed for continued growth.

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Concierge Medicine Today (CMT) is a news organization and the Concierge Medicine industry's oldest national trade publication for the Concierge Medicine and Membership Medicine marketplace. Its web site is the online destination for businesses, consumers, physicians, legislators, researchers and other stakeholders to learn about the history of this industry, various business aspects of the marketplace, trends, breaking news and more that drives the conversation that Concierge Medicine and free market healthcare delivery is creating on a national and international level. For more information, visit:
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