What is Pharmacogenetic Testing?
Pharmacogenetic testing, also called drug compatibility testing, is the analysis of certain genes to determine how individuals will react to specific medications. Pharmacogenetic testing allows healthcare providers to replace the standard “trial and error” prescribing method with a more efficient, genetically informed treatment plan unique to each patient. This treatment tool can substantially reduce the risk of adverse drug reactions (ADRs) and help drive better patient outcomes. To learn more, visit Pharmacogenetics.
What is The G.A.P Test
The G.A.P Test (Genetic Assisted Prescribing Test) is the most comprehensive drug compatibility test, analyzing information from 20+ different genes known to affect how patients metabolize over 300 drugs. This simple and affordable test equips healthcare providers with genetic information to assist them in developing a more effective personalized treatment plan for each patient. To learn more, see The G.A.P Test.
How is The G.A.P Test administered?
Administering The G.A.P Test is fast and simple for you and your patients. Upon registering, you will receive free DNA collection kits to keep at your office. Buccal swabs are used to non- invasively collect the DNA sample from your patient during their initial appointment. Then you will fill out the test requisition form and send the buccal swab in a prepaid envelope to our network of labs. A comprehensive, easy-to- read results report will be available to you, typically within 5 to 7 business days of receiving the DNA sample at the lab. Learn more about our testing Process.
What genes are analyzed through The G.A.P Test?
The G.A.P Test analyzes 20+ genes that have been scientifically proven to affect a patient’s response to commonly prescribed drug classes, including beta-blockers and antidepressants. Along with various other genes, our test covers the most studied class of enzymes, cytochrome p450, which are essential for the metabolism of many medications. To review the complete list, along with the medications covered by The G.A.P Test, visit Genes and Medications.
How accurate are The G.A.P Test reports?
The G.A.P Test reports are incredibly accurate. Our laboratory network exceeds the high standards set by federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) regulations This scientifically advanced laboratory environment, coupled with our leading edge technology, world-class geneticist oversight and adherence to the Clinical Pharmacogenetics Implementation Consortium (CPIC) guidelines, ensures high reliability of The G.A.P Test results.
Which patients would benefit from The G.A.P Test?
Because this test is the most comprehensive of its kind, any patient you are treating in one of these therapeutic categories would benefit from The G.A.P Test. While patients who are experiencing lower than desired medication response or unwanted side effects would greatly benefit from this test, it is important to recognize the value in testing patients prior to the first prescription. Ordering The G.A.P Test for your patients as a first step in their treatment could help save you time and avoid a potentially dangerous trial and error period for your patients on new medication.
Is this test affordable for my patients?
The G.A.P Test is the most comprehensive and affordable drug compatibility test on the market. Insurance coverage varies by plan and provider, so please encourage your patients to speak with their insurance provider for more information about their specific policy. In addition, financial assistance is available for those not covered by insurance.
How do you ensure the security and privacy of my patient’s genetic information?
We take privacy and security very seriously. All of our practices are fully compliant with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and GINA (Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act).
How do I sign up to receive The G.A.P Test?
Our registration process is simple and fast. Prescribing healthcare providers can register online by clicking on the “Register” button found in the left navigation bar on every page or fill out a printed registration form and fax it to (888) 959-0854. Once registration is complete, a representative will contact you to answer questions and organize the distribution of The G.A.P Test DNA collection kits. To register now, visit our Registration page.