On today’s show we touch on the fascinating science of pharmacogenomics & pharmacogenetics for the first time (but not the last) by talking about what each means and how pharmacogenetics testing has the potential to change how you decide which drugs to take and which ones to think twice about. We also talk about why pharmacogenetics lab testing is relevant and the barriers to why while you can get a pharmacogenetics test done today,  it’s not being implemented into “standard of care” across every corner of the U.S.

If you’ve had one of these tests before, we’d love to hear from you. What was your experience? Would you recommend it to others? Email us at talk(at)overprescribedpodcast.com.

Show note links:

PharmGKB – a U.S. federally funded pharmacogenomic knowledge resource on specific content related to pharmacogenetics and pharmacogenomics.

Curious about interesting differences in how individuals react to medicines? Then check out this article.

Wanting to read more on pharmacogenomics? Then read this Wikipedia perspective on the science ( includes more on the history, nice facts on specific drug-metabolizing enzymes, and some case studies too).

Awesome article by Carolyn Abraham at The Globe and Mail that contains more detail on what’s going on with a legal matter in Hawaii that could create a ripple effect across the U.S.