A laboratory revolution is helping us learn why drugs work in some people but not in others. There has never been a drug invented that works in 100% of people.
Norman Swan speaks to Professor Alan Shuldiner from the University of Maryland about testing whether medicines will work on people by testing their genes. It’s called pharmacogenomics and it’s about understanding how an individual patient’s genes respond to medication and then, based on that knowledge, prescribing medications more smartly to individual patients. Pharmacogenomics could change the way we practice medicine. From the Tonic series produced with the assistance of NPS.

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