Genetic Testing with East Gate Pharmacy
Optimizing your health with genetics
- We are exited to offer genetic testing for Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease as well as Pharmacogenomic (PGx) Testing with the ultimate goal of improving your health! East Gate Pharmacy has partnered with NationRx to provide this service to our community!
- PGx testing at East Gate is usually covered by Medicare Part "B" for qualifying patients at NO COST! This service may be covered by other insurance companies and we can verify this with your health insurance card (not your prescription insurance card).
What is Pharmacogenomic Testing and Why Does It Help Me?
Pharmacogenomic Testing analyzes how your genes guide the metabolism of prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications.
Pharmacogenomics is the study of an individual’s genetic variations that are associated with an individual’s ability to metabolize prescription or over-the-counter drugs. Pharmacogenomics was a natural outgrowth of human genome sequencing back in 2001. Medical research shows that individuals react differently to medications, due to their unique DNA. Pharmacogenomics, also referred to as “PGx," examines how a patient metabolizes specific drugs as encoded by their DNA. PGx testing reveals variations in drug metabolizing genes that either encode less efficiently (defined as “poor metabolizers”) or more efficiently in terms of metabolic enzyme activity (defined as “rapid metabolizers”).
Identifying how a patient metabolizes a medication allows for prescribers to design a personalized treatment plan with medications that work best and are safest for that patient. In addition to reducing adverse drug reactions, PGx testing also increases patient confidence and medication adherence, decreases medical costs, and outlines optimal dosage of medications for that patient
Am I Eligible for PGx Testing and How Much Is It?
Some current signs that you would be eligible include that you are currently under care of, and taking medications from, a Cardiologist, Oncologist or Psychiatrist. Other signs may include having a chronic illness, taking multiple medications and having previously had adverse drug reactions.
Common Medication Classes that Indicate Eligibility: Antidepressants, Mood Stabilizers, Opioids, Cancer Chemotherapy, Tamoxifen, and High Blood Pressure medications to name a few.
PGx testing with East Gate Pharmacy will cost you nothing but a physician order is required. Your Primary Care Physician will be the one to decide testing is appropriate and must sign the order request form stating this test is a medical necessity for you. If your Doctor orders the test and your insurance company approves it, then you are all set! This is important because many PGx testing companies will send you a bill for the amount not covered by your insurance company.
What if I don't have a doctor or my doctor won't prescribe the test?
PGx testing is a valuable tool in our healthcare system because it eliminates "Trial and Error" prescribing and the common "One Size Fits All" medication management of the past. It improves patient care, satisfaction, and confidence in their medication while reducing risk.
If you believe you meet the medical necessity rule, and your doctor will not prescribe you this test that could help to prevent Adverse Drug Reactions for you....it may be worth seeking a second opinion. Luckily for you our partners are NationRx offer Telehealth doctors who are able to review the requests we send to your PCP and are able to prescribe PGx tests at your request.
I want my PGx test! What is my next step?
If you need help please reach out to the pharmacy and we will walk you through the process step-by-step, to ensure you get your PGx Test if you are eligible for it.
If you would like to complete the survey in-person or have any questions, please reach our to our clinical pharmacist Cody at firstname.lastname@example.org and he would be more than happy to assist you with the process!
After your survey has been submitted, Cody will set up a testing appointment where a simple cheek swab will be done and sent to our lab. Once the results are back, Cody will review your Compehensive Pharmacogenetic Report and a genetic counseling session will be scheduled to help you understand anything that is revealed.
Thank you for sharing your valuable time with us to learn about PGx testing and we look forward to helping improve your health!
Cody Turner, Pharm.D.