Pharmacogenetics refers to the study of genetic variability that causes varied individual responses to medications. It analyzes the genes that produce specific drug targets or enzymes that metabolize a medication or are associated with immune response providing the healthcare provider with critical information to plan the patient’s treatment. The decision about which drug is to be prescribed may also be influenced by other drugs that the patient is taking.
Waleed Alabsi Group has introduced the Genelex System which is a Certified lab for clinical improvements. Patients respond differently to the same medications or experience different side effects. The difference in response can be due to inherited genes. Our unique genetic makeup and individual response may mean that a drug that is effective for one patient may be less effective for another.
Enzymes are used to metabolize drugs. An active drug may be made inactive through metabolism. An active drug may be made more active through metabolism. The biggest challenge in drug therapy is ensuring that the active form of a drug stays around long enough to work. Some patients have variable enzyme action making them metabolize the drug too quickly, too slowly, or not at all affecting the effectiveness of the drugs. No matter what your genetic makeup is the Genelex System by the Waleed Alabsi group will facilitate better health care for you.
What is it used for?
Pharmacogenetic testing may be used to:
- Find out whether a certain medicine can work and be effective
- Find out the best treatment dosage
- Predict whether you will get serious side effects
What happens during a pharmacogenetic test?
The testing is usually done on blood or saliva. For a blood test, a needle is used by your health care professional to take a blood sample from a vein in your arm. A small amount of blood is collected into a test tube or vial after the needle is inserted.
For a saliva test, your health care provider you instructions on how to provide your sample.
What to do when preparing for the Pharmacogenetic test?
A patient is not required to do much preparation for a blood test. In the case of a saliva test, you should not drink, eat, or smoke 30 minutes before the test. Waleed Alabsi‘sgroup aims at performing pharmacogenetic testing and the use of medications to enhance medical care.
Are there any risks to the test?
There is minimal risk to having a blood test done. You may experience slight pain or bruise at the spot where the needle is injected but the symptoms do not last. There is no risk in having a saliva test done.
What do the results mean?
If the test was conducted before starting a treatment, it can show whether the medication will be effective and/or if you are at risk of serious side effects. Tests for certain drugs that are used to treat HIV and epilepsy can show whether you are at risk of getting life-threatening side effects.
Tests that are conducted before and while you are on treatment help your healthcare provider figure out the right drug treatment. Waleed Alabsi group through their CEO provides a training program to clinical officers to help them get acquainted with the Genelex System in the quest to offer personalized patient care.
What else do I need to know about pharmacogenetic testing?
Pharmacogenetic testing is only used to find out a person’s drug response to a specific medicine. Waleed Alabsi advocate for genetic tests to help diagnose diseases or potential risk of disease, identify a family relationship, or identify someone in a criminal investigation.