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Independent study shows Pillcheck improves treatment for depression and anxiety

A randomized controlled trial showed that people suffering from depression and anxiety recovered faster when their medications were optimized using Pillcheck pharmacogenetics testing (also known as pharmacogenomics or PGx testing). The study evaluated the impact of pharmacogenomics-guided prescribing versus standard antidepressant treatment of depression and anxiety in three large...

The role of pharmacogenetics for the benefits sponsor community

How COVID is forcing the accelerated evolution of health benefits services and the role of pharmacogenetics in helping plan members get the right medications to support recovery from a wide variety of pandemic-related health issues. Click the image below to read the full article or download the PDF. Benefits And Pensions...

GeneYouIn and Canada Life broaden access to pharmacogenetic testing

Pillcheck preferred retail pricing now available to all Canada Life health insurance customers January 7, 2021, Toronto, ON – GeneYouIn Inc., a leader in personalized medicine, today announced it is growing its relationship with Canada Life, a leading health insurer. The new deal will give preferred retail pricing to all...

Are benzodiazepines safe to take every day?

Are benzodiazepines safe? The answer is yes; benzodiazepines are safe when taken as directed over a short period of time. Benzodiazepines are a commonly prescribed type of tranquilizer. They help with moderating insomnia, panic, and anxiety or before minor surgery. How long can you take benzodiazepines safely? Do not plan on...

Pharmacogenetic tests: an effective decision support tool for prescribers

The concept of pharmacogenetics, that is, a link between genetic variations and drug response, is over 70 years old. The first paper on the topic was published in 1957 by Arno G Motulsky. Werner Kalow published the book “Pharmacogenetics. Heredity and the response to drugs” back in 1962. Since...

Are antidepressants during pregnancy safe? The answer is in your DNA

There are risks and benefits with taking any medication. Women are understandably concerned about the safety of antidepressants and wonder if they should continue taking them during pregnancy. Worries over drugs' impact on the fetus may lead to discontinuation of anxiety or depression medication. Although some antidepressants can affect...

Genetics and ASD: How DNA testing can guide autism treatment

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that arises due to various genetic variations. Recent genomic studies identified the role of structural DNA changes in hundreds of genes conferring ASD risk. Although there are no medications that can cure the core symptoms of autism, medication may help...

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