The risk of personalized medicine

By Starr McCaffery

Along with creating the opportunity for healthcare providers to use genetic tests to optimize treatment, the updated labeling on warfarin approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) raises a number of issues. The labeling changes were based on an analysis of recent studies that found people respond to the drug differently, based, in part, on whether they have variations of certain genes (CYP2C9 and VKORC1).

This is widely referred to as “personalized medicine,” an approach that is raising concerns not only among healthcare providers but also among manufacturers, policymakers, and patients.

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