Optimising the effects of drug treatments

What is beneficial for one person can be ineffective or cause serious side-effects in another. An individual pharmacological and pharmacogenetic profile identifies the genetic factors responsible. It enables the doctor to tailor drug treatment to the patient’s needs.

A complex metabolic process determines how an active ingredient is absorbed, distributed and broken down in the body. A person’s unique genetic make-up is also involved, which means that the effect of a drug differs from person to person.

A genetic test encompasses these individual factors and provides your doctor with information about the effectiveness of a potential medical treatment. It identifies which active ingredients are best suited to the patient’s genetic predisposition and their individual metabolism. It finds the best dosage or combination of drugs.

Genetic assessment of drug effectiveness can contribute significantly to minimising the risk of treatment failure or drug intolerance.

Benefits

Benefits of a pharmacogenetic profile at a glance:

  • Individual optimisation of drug treatment in terms of choice of drug, combination of active ingredients, dosage and when to take the drug
  • Optimal treatment effectiveness from the start
  • Avoidance of severe side-effects
  • Prevention of drug intolerance
  • Avoidance of treatment failure
  • No time-consuming and cost-intensive drug adjustment phase
Procedure

The procedure at a glance:

  • Preliminary medical discussion as part of your individual assessment
  • Blood sample
  • Genetic analysis of your blood sample and decoding of the genetic information
  • Special algorithms combine individual patient information on age, height and lifestyle with the genetic information and compare it with a comprehensive scientific database in order to generate your individual pharmacogenetic profile.
  • The pharmacogenetic profile is sent to your doctor. They will discuss the result with you personally in a second consultation, on the phone or via Skype
  • Recommendation about which drugs are best suited to your genetic predisposition and individual metabolism. Recommendation about the dosage of current drugs according to your individual genetic code
  • Start of optimal, personalised treatment or adaptation of your existing drug treatment
Individual examination

Pharmacological and pharmacogenetic profile:

  • Clinical pharmacological examination and history
  • Review of current medication
  • Laboratory test and gene sequencing
  • Creation of a pharmacogenetic profile

Follow-up to discuss the results:

  • Assessment and adjustment of preventative medication
  • Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of adverse drug reactions
  • Identification and interpretation of drug levels
  • Adjustment of acute medical drugs and dosage
  • Final clinical pharmacological assessment incl. medical report

Cost: CHF 2 200

In combination with a check-up

Individualised check-up:

  • Physical examination
  • Abdominal ultrasound
  • Blood and urine tests
  • ECG

Pharmacological and pharmacogenetic profile:

  • Clinical pharmacological examination and history
  • Review of current medication
  • Laboratory test and gene sequencing
  • Creation of a pharmacogenetic profile 

Follow-up to discuss the results:

  • Assessment and adjustment of medication
  • Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of adverse drug reactions
  • Identification and interpretation of drug levels to ensure the optimal dosage
  • Final clinical pharmacological assessment incl. medical report

Cost: CHF 5 600