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Personalizing Medicine with Pharmacogenomics

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Overview / Abstract:

Pharmacogenomics, the study of how genetic variability influences drug response, is a clinically important branch of science that is increasingly being used to personalize medication therapy. Patients and other healthcare providers may turn to pharmacists for clinical pharmacogenomics information, and all pharmacists should be equipped with baseline knowledge in this area. This includes a fundamental understanding of the genetic basis for inter-individual variability in drug response, the terminology associated with the field, and where to go to find evidence-based, clinically relevant information about pharmacogenomics. It is important for pharmacists to know for which drugs the evidence strongly suggests a change in drug selection or dosing based on genetics, especially those drugs for which there is pharmacogenetic information in the FDA boxed warning or where pharmacogenetic testing is required prior to use.

At the completion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

1. Define pharmacogenomics and other relevant genetic terms.
2. Explain how genetic variability can lead to inter-individual differences in drug response.
3. Describe the resources available to advance pharmacogenomics into clinical practice.
4. Recommend drug therapy based on pharmacogenetic test results.

This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of of practicing pharmacists in a variety of settings.

MCPHS University is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education.


Feb 08, 2019


Pharmacy CPE





Credits / Hours

1 contact hour (.1 CEUs)



Presenters / Authors / Faculty

Roseann Gammal, PharmD | Assistant Professor of Pharmacy Practice, MCPHS University Boston

Keywords / Search Terms

MCPHS University, pharmacogenomics, pharmacy, personalized medicine, personalized pharmacy,

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