How a DNA test can ensure your get the right medicine

By Drum Digital
14 September 2016

A new DNA test - mygeneRX™ - can ensure patients get the right medicine at the right dosage for them

Between six to eight percent of all hospital admissions in South Africa are caused by adverse drug reactions (ADRs). Now, a new DNA test - mygeneRX™ - can ensure patients get the right medicine at the right dosage for them.

The DNA test, which involves a simple cheek swab, can make a doctor aware of how the patient’s body will react to a particular type of medicine, how the person’s body will process the medication or if it would be effective at all.  This will be especially useful to patients who need to take medication for cardiovascular conditions and those with mental health illnesses.

Dr Danny Meyersfeld, an expert in molecular biology and founder of DNAlysis Biotechnology in South Africa, says people respond differently to drugs. “Up to now people had to just live with it. Each person has a unique DNA profile and medication that works for one person may not work for another,” he says.

Dr Meyersfeld says scientists are increasingly turning to DNA in their search for a way to avoid prescribing medications to patients that may cause dangerous physical or behavioural responses. “As your DNA doesn’t change, this test is good for your whole life”, he adds.

The DNA test result can be available within 7-10 days and can help doctors prescribe medication at the correct dose for the particular patient or another drug altogether.

It may seem like a simple thing but it could save you a trip to the hospital emergency room and possibly, even your life.

For more information visit www.dnalysis.co.za

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