Pillcheck helps you prepare for the future so you can take control of your health.
Pillcheck can help minimize side effects and help your doctor ensure the best treatment plan for you.
Pillcheck has helped many people in your situation.
Even if you’re taking medications for your heart condition, you could still be at risk of another cardiac issue without even knowing it.
Many people take medication to manage high blood pressure, cholesterol, and blood thinners together, increasing the likelihood that one drug isn’t working as intended.
And almost 20% of people taking cholesterol lowering drugs experience major side effects because of a mis-match between their genetics and the medication.
My patient had a heart attack [and] was fatigued and depressed and literally unable to get out of bed so I had him complete the Pillcheck test. His cardiologist immediately switched him to another class of heart drug and his symptoms improved completely within a month!
Mental health drugs not working for you or a loved one? You’re not alone:
- 70% of people don’t get relief from the first depression or anxiety medication they try
- 60% of people try three drugs before finding the right one
Half of the time, it’s due to a mis-match between genetics and your medication.
I think it is absolutely the wave of the future. I think it makes sense if you can have that information available to tailor medications to what will work for people.
Pain killers are highly effective at blunting severe pain, however prolonged use can create dependence. Excessive use can cause overdose. Even the most commonly used drugs like Ibuprofen, Codeine, and Opioids don’t provide adequate pain relief to some people. People who aren’t able to manage their pain properly after surgery are more likely to develop chronic pain.
Percentage of people who do not achieve adequate pain relief on these medications
Digestive system drugs not working for you? Up to one in four people get no relief from the most common acid reflux and digestive system drugs and many are at risk of serious side effects like infection and fractures. Sometimes it’s because of a mis-match between your genetics and the drug you’re taking.
Nausea can affect women during pregnancy or accompany chronic conditions including depression, heart disease, and cancer. It can be challenging to find the right anti-nausea drug depending on your condition and unique genetic profile, which affects the way you respond to these medications.
With every additional medication you take, your risk of side effects and the treatment not working increases.
In an independent study, Pillcheck DNA analysis recommended adjustments to 78% of prescriptions for those taking 3 or more medications at once – either switching to an alternate drug, adjusting the dosage, or discontinuing a drug altogether.
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It was reassuring to know that my son has a low risk of side effects to his prescription and so he was willing to give it a try. It’s been several months now and he is feeling so much better.
Feedback on Pillcheck has been very positive and the service has helped my patients make the right decisions on their prescriptions.
It has changed the way my illness is treated and has helped me immensely!
Very quick results, easy instructions and valuable information.
Pillcheck stopped years of suffering from anxiety and depression with a DNA drug response test
Here is what you get with Pillcheck
- A personalized report that predicts drug response to all medications covered by the test.
- Your results reviewed by a specially trained pharmacist from a national network of pharmacogenetic practitioners.
- Results for a lifetime. Since your DNA doesn't change, your Pillcheck is valid for life and we update your report for new medications as guidelines expand.
Pillcheck Protects Your Privacy
Pillcheck promises to keep your personal and genetic information confidential. Here’s what we do:
- Destroy your genetic sample after your report is complete
- Ensure your genetic data is not linked to your personal information in our system
- Allow you to decide who you share your results with
- Follow Canadian, U.S., and international health information privacy and security guidelines
How Much Does Pillcheck Cost?
A DNA sample collection kit is sent to you.
Swab saliva from your cheek and send it back in the pre-paid envelope.
Your confidential results will be available online 2-3 weeks from when we receive your sample.
Take your results to your doctor to adjust your medications.
Have questions? We’re happy to help.
Some doctors are unfamiliar with Pharmacogenetics or have questions about our service. If your doctor has questions, here's a helpful information sheet you can pass along.
A: Individuals have full ownership and control over their Pillcheck test results. Personal data is not shared without prior authorization as described in the Informed Consent Form. Only the individual can decide who has access to the report and can revoke access at any time or request deletion of the information.
Privacy of genetic and personal data is protected by the Bill S201, HIPAA and PIPEDA regulations. Pillcheck service is fully compliant with these regulations. Except as expressly set forth in the patient’s Informed Consent, results will not be shared with any third party, including insurance company and employer.
A: Pillcheck uses genetic markers optimized for enhanced sensitivity for accurate results in ethnically diverse populations, regardless of gender.
We test for genetic variations in the liver enzymes CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2B6, CYP2D6, CYP2C8, CYP1A2, CYP3A4/5 and other enzymes affecting drug metabolism, transport or response, including UGT1A1, UGT2B15, TPMT, DPYD, ADRB2, OPRM1, SLCO1B1, F2, F5, IL28B/IFNL3 and VKORC1.
A: Pillcheck analyzes only the specific genes involved in drug metabolism and does not assess your risk for disease.
A: Health benefits and insurance companies may cover the cost of Pillcheck service as an optional benefit. Pillcheck results do not impact coverage decisions.
Pillcheck does NOT assess any genes related to disease risk or disease diagnostics and does not affect patients’ insurance. Only specific, well-identified DNA variations related to drug response are analyzed by Pillcheck. Once the test is complete, any remaining DNA is destroyed after 30 days.
A: Only specific, well-identified DNA variations related to drug response are analyzed by the lab. This is analyzed and the results used to generate a personalized report listing your body’s predicted response to all Pillcheck-covered medications. Once the test is complete, any remaining DNA is destroyed after 30 days.
† Journal of the American Pharmacists Association 2017 Sep-Oct;57(5):624-629