Pathway Genomics Inc., a U.S. based genetic testing company, responded to research released today at the American College of Cardiology annual meeting that found that the number of hospitalizations for heart patients taking warfarin, the world''s most-prescribed blood thinner, dropped by approximately 30 percent when genetic information for the patient was available to doctors prescribing the drug. The study was completed by Medco Health Solutions, Inc. -- in association with the Medco Research Institute™ -- and the Mayo Clinic. The Medco announcement can be found at: (http://medco.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=43&item=428).
In response to the findings, Jim Plante, CEO of Pathway Genomics, said: "As this research shows, personalized genetic reports are quickly becoming a critical component in managing one''s health care. The study illustrates the major role genes can play in determining how a person might react to prescription medications, particularly those commonly used to treat heart-related conditions.It also shows how important genetic information can be to a physician in delivering healthcare, particularly when it comes to avoiding adverse reactions to certain medications. Through Pathway''s personalized genetic reports, particularly our drug response report, a person can discover one''s sensitivity to a variety of prescription medications, like warfarin, allowing them to work more effectively with their doctor to help determine their optimal medical treatment."
As this new study indicates, not all prescription medications affect people in the same way. In fact, some medications can trigger adverse reactions in certain individuals. A person''s genetics can suggest optimal dosing levels, or cause some medications to be more or less effective, or in some cases lead to personal harm. Even if a person is not currently taking any medication, genetic information may be very important to know in an emergency situation. Pathway Genomics'' pharmacogenetic (genetics of prescription medication response) reports include information about medications such as:
A Genetic Health Report from Pathway Genomics can be ordered via the web at www.pathway.com.
About Pathway Genomics
Located in San Diego, California, Pathway Genomics is a privately held, venture-backed company that offers both genetic health and ancestry reports. Using customized and innovative DNA genetic testing technologies, Pathway Genomics conducts comprehensive genotyping services to generate personalized reports about an individual''s carrier status, pharmacogenetics (drug response), propensity for complex disease, and ancestral history. Pathway Genomics has both its federal CLIA certified and California state laboratory license for its wholly owned and operated onsite laboratory. In this laboratory, Pathway Genomics performs all genetic testing in a controlled and secure environment. The Company offers personal genetic reports directly to the consumer as well as through partnerships with select health management organizations. More information about Pathway Genomics can be found at www.PATHWAY.com.
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