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Precision medicine: a pragmatic addition to your DEI strategy

A recent study found that nearly 75% of employees in underrepresented groups — women, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ employees — do not feel they've personally benefited from their companies' diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) programs. As many executives re-examined their organizations' diversity and inclusion initiatives, they discovered a reinvention...

Medication or therapy? What’s the best way to treat depression

Untreated depression can affect all facets of life. It can ruin relationships at work and home, disrupt sleep, increase the chance of risky behaviours such as drug or alcohol addiction, make it difficult to overcome physical illnesses. Appropriate treatment, however, can help most people with depression. Most people do best with depression...

How accurate is pharmacogenetic testing?

Pharmacogenetics uses a patient's genetic profile to accurately predict a drug's efficacy, guide dosage and improve the safety of treatments. Depending on your genetic makeup, some medications may work faster or slower, or produce more or fewer side effects. The scientific field of pharmacogenetics, the link between your unique...

Worried about side effects of arthritis medications? Your DNA is the key to long-term safety of treatment

People with arthritis take medications to manage pain and stem disease progression. However, long-term use of these drugs poses risks of severe complications including tuberculosis, increased risk of leukemia, heart disease and bleeding. Here we describe how the science of pharmacogenetics can help to improve the safety of treatment...

Personalized medicine: Improved mental health treatment guided by DNA

A growing body of evidence indicates that personalized medicine, or treatment guided by your DNA, improves mental health outcomes. A recent randomized clinical trial confirms that Pillcheck pharmacogenetics-guided medication therapy accelerates recovery for patients with depression and anxiety. Finding the right depression treatment is often challenging Only 30% of people suffering...

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...

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