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A safer and more effective prescribing

'The system has widespread benefits for patients because it really helps the doctor to improve patient safety when prescribing...it’s also a turnkey solution that any hospital in Australia or around the world could use if they wanted to make pharmacogenomics applicable in their hospital.
Allan Sheffield, MD, Genes FX Health

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  • Government funding has enabled Genes Fx to pioneer a pharmacogenomic decision support tool that links a patient’s DNA results with known drug metabolic profiles using the software system to predict likely individual drug performance. It is also secure web based software that enables any hospital from around the world to use this system.

Safer and more effective prescribing

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The Challenge

GenesFx, in collaboration with Melbourne Health, has pioneered a pharmacogenomic decision support tool that links a patient’s DNA results with known drug metabolic profiles using the software system to predict likely individual drug performance, and to provide a treatment decision support tool for doctors.

This system is a secure web based system that will be adaptable to most health services settings.

Until recently there has been no easily accessible method or technology available to determine how any one individual would respond to particular medications. This trial and error process often leads to delayed response time, frustration, and increased medical costs. There are many drugs to choose from, and individual patients have highly variable responses. Doses are often started at low levels and are increased slowly until a result is observed. This approach, driven by the need to avoid adverse events, lengthens the time that patients continue to experience symptoms or begin to get well.

The Solution

The PDSS technology overcomes the need for health professionals to have expertise in genetics or pharmacogenomics, giving them an easily understandable consultation with clinical recommendations that not only helps them understand the results, but allows them to tailor the prescription to the specific patient and gain the best result in the fastest possible time.

The result

The software that was pioneered by GenesFx and Melbourne Health can be used in many other fields of personalised medicine. It can also be used to convert the raw DNA results into clinically useful reports, with wide application.