Private Practice Physicians
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Most physicians don’t realize that “fewer than half of the patients prescribed some of the most expensive drugs actually derived any benefit from them,” according to GlaxoSmithKline Worldwide Vice President of Genetics Allen Roses. Dr. Roses, an academic geneticist from Duke University in North Carolina, spoke at a scientific meeting in London where he cited figures on how well different classes of medications work in real patients.
“Drugs for Alzheimer’s disease work in fewer than one in three patients, whereas those for cancer are only effective in a quarter of patients. Drugs for migraines, osteoporosis and arthritis work in about half of the patients,” Dr. Roses said. “Most drugs work in fewer than one in two patients mainly because the recipients carry genes that interfere in some way with the medicine.”
Until now, there was no way of knowing which medication would work best for which patient, and at what dose. Patient genetics will determine if the medication will work at all, at a higher dose, at the normal dose or if a much lower dose is efficacious. Many physicians will recommend medications that have worked well for their other patients, not realizing that for this particular patient, the medication won’t work at all.
“The vast majority of drugs – more than 90% – only work in 30-50% of the people,” Dr. Roses said. “Drugs out there on the market work, but they don’t work in everybody.”
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National institute of General Medical Sciences:
Frequently Asked Questions about Pharmacogenomics
National institutes of Health:
What is Pharmacogenomics?
National institutes of Health, National institute for General Medical sciences, Medicines for You: Studying How Your Genes can Make a Difference
What Roles do Stanford University and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital play in CPIC®?
Institute of Genome Sciences and Policy
University of Utah Genetic Science Learning Center:
Personalized Medicine (Pharmacogenomics)
United States Food and Drug Administration:
Table of PGx Biomarkers in Drug Labels
National Genetics and Education Development Centre:
Pharmacogenetics in Healthcare
UK Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine Network:
CPIC (Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium) Guidelines
University of California San Diego:
Pharmacogenomics Education Program