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Pharmacogenetic Screen

Also known as: Pharmaco Profile

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Purpose

This test combines three other pharamacogenetic assays into a single profile. The assays are:

CYP2D6
CYP2C9
CYP2C19 Screen, and
Warfarin Pharmacogenetic Screen.

This may be an efficient way to check for a number of gene variants implicated in metabolising antidepressants, warfarin, clopidogrel, some analgesics (codeine), and some common cardiac medications.

Clinical Utility

This test has a role in identifying patients who may benefit from avoiding a specific drug or dose, but it provides little useful information for people (including relatives) who are not taking the medications of concern. Testing of relatives is generally not recommended.

Genes

CYP2D6

Test Method

This test has a role in identifying patients who may benefit from avoiding a specific drug or dose, but it provides little useful information for people (including relatives) who are not taking the medications of concern. Testing of relatives is generally not recommended.

Test Ordering

This test can be requested by any medical practitioner.

5 mL blood in EDTA. Specimens may be collected by the requesting practitioner or at any Sonic Healthcare pathology collection centre.

To help ensure the quality of the test, a genetic test should be done with a dedicated sample whenever possible i.e. a sample collected specifically for that test rather than a sample that is used for multiple tests.

We also recommend that the patient or another adult check the labelling of request forms and sample tubes.

Special Instructions

Please list current and proposed medications on the request form. Please highlight any medications that have caused problems in the past.

Price

$380

Medicare Rebate

This test is not rebated by Medicare. The laboratory assumes that the patient or client has provided informed financial consent for the test.

Turnaround Time

10 working days.