precision medicine

What is precision medicine?

Precision medicine (previously called personalized medicine) is when the focus is on identifying, which medical approach will be most effective for each patient dependent upon genetics, environmental and lifestyle factors.

Pharmacogenomics is a part of precision medicine. In Pharmacogenomics an individual’s genes are tested to see what kind of response they will have to a particular drug. By combining pharmacology (the science of drugs) and genomics (the study of genes and their functions) certain labs are able to develop and identify effective, safe medications and doses that are tailored specifically to a person’s gene make up.