Article by Pharmacy Times.com

“Pharmacy involvement in pharmacogenetics was not widely accepted when testing was first introduced. Some of the resistance may be attributed to the public perception of pharmacists in services beyond dispensing and the pharmacists’ own discomfort in offering these tests. Researchers assessing the perception of the pharmacist’s role have concluded that many patients are unaware of how pharmacists can be involved in direct patient care services.1

Similarly, patients and health care providers may have limited knowledge regarding the benefits of pharmacogenetic testing. Numerous patients seek to find their ancestry history and risk of certain health conditions through direct-to-consumer genetic reports, but this rise in uptake has not been observed for pharmacogenetic testing. Clinical adoption of testing has also moved slowly, creating a barrier to educating both providers and patients on the value of both pharmacogenetics and the pharmacist’s role.”

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