Pharmacologic genetic testing, also called drug-gene testing, is an assessment that studies how a patient's genetic makeup impacts their body's response to certain medications. At TriState Pain Institute, pharmacologic genetic testing may collect a number of blood or saliva samples to test against various medications. Although numerous samples may be taken initially, a pharmacogenomic test may only need to be administered once because a person's genes never change.
The purpose of this testing is determine the best medication and medication dosage for patients, and to identify medications that may produce serious side effects. Pharmacologic genetic testing is typically recommended on a case-by-case basis. The cost of the test may vary depending on the test that is ordered and if the patient's health insurance provides coverage.