Say Aa:Why pharmacogenetics is something worth talking about
The role of genetic variation in medicine is a surprisingly simple concept, and something you consider every time you see a patient, say John-Joe Reilly and John D Blakey
- By: John D Blakey
Certain phrases are guaranteed to grab the attention of medical students—such as “beer,” “free stuff,” and “genetics.” Unfortunately, the last of these is usually avoided with the same fervour with which the others are pursued. An extensive survey (n=4 in the coffee room), found genetics was perceived to be complicated, confusing, and of limited relevance to patients. We highlight how millions of dollars and work hours have resulted in an explosion of available genetic data and introduce how this will profoundly influence prescribing practice in the future. And we promise not to draw a single pedigree.
Mrs B is referred to the respiratory outpatients department by her general practitioner as she has noticed increasing breathlessness on exertion and has a productive cough. As she has smoked a packet of cigarettes a day for the past 25 years, you feel confident she has chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Examination and spirometry