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Pharmacogenomics
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Don’t all drugs work for the vast majority of people?

Unfortunately, they don’t.  An estimated 90% of prescription drugs don’t work for a third to almost half of us.

What percentage of drugs work for everyone?

Actually, none. Every prescription medication has some risks and a segment of the population it doesn’t benefit.  The American Medical Association reports that genetics are relevant to 70% of all prescriptions and certain variations can lead to adverse reactions, even in patients that have previously tolerated the drug well.

What are the risks?

There is no risk for anyone using the test as directed.  We send you a cheek swab, which you use and return to the lab in a pre-paid envelope.  The results can be made available to your own physician, or we can have one of our physicians who are specially trained in pharmacogenomics explain the test results.  We will also share those results with any physicians you want to see them.

It’s important for you to recognize that your genetics are critical to drug safety, but there are also other considerations that only your personal physician, who knows you and your history, can include when deciding on changing drugs or dosages.  Do not stop taking prescribed drugs without first talking to the prescribing physician. We are available to help your physician understand the RM results and incorporate them into your overall care.

If I have more than one physician will you share the report with all of them?

Yes — you can select which of your doctors (or all of them) get the results. It is not uncommon for a person with a specific genetic mutation to have more than one drug impacted and 2 or more physicians prescribing those drugs.  It’s especially important that all your medications be considered together, not any one specialty in isolation.  That’s why a RM “med check” is so valuable to you and each of your physicians.

How does RM help me become a smarter patient and impact the decisions being made regarding my health?

RM gives you information your current and future doctors need to keep you safe and design treatments that will work best for you while doing you no harm. Taking an active role in understanding what’s best for you and the choices you and your doctor need to consider improves the quality of the care you receive.

Can I get a test that covers all drugs currently tested so I will have that information for emergencies and future medical decisions?

Yes, in addition to individual drug reports, we offer a complete panel package, and by downloading our app, we will store your results, monitor new discoveries relevant to your genetic profile, and keep you informed.

Do my genes change? Will I need to take the test again?

Your genetic profile does not change once you reach adulthood. During a lifetime an individual’s profile is stable before and after puberty.  But even though you aren’t changing, genetic science is advancing at a rapid pace, and genetic relevance to more and more drugs will become available.  Because of the state of the art equipment used by our lab, adults will only need to send the swab in once.  Members with our app, will be alerted when more reports on more drugs become available.

If my drug is a problem for me, will you give me alternatives that my doctor can prescribe instead?

Yes, whenever there are alternatives for which scientific evidence is available that don’t pose the same risks, they will be included in your report.

What is medical DNA testing and why does it matter?

RM's certified lab tests the specific alleles (pathways) that determine how an individual will metabolize (absorb and utilize) specific drugs.  Depending on the individual’s genetic metabolization profile, a drug can be safe, risky, or deadly.   In many instances, a higher or lower dose is needed to deliver the optimal benefit.

Can this test help identify if I need a higher or lower dose to be most effective?

Yes!  Instead of doing a series of tests to monitor for any liver damage already caused and then adjusting dosage over time, your physician will be able to more precisely prescribe a safe and beneficial dose – before any damage occurs.

Will RM tests identify drugs that might be dangerous for me?

Yes.  Any drug where the scientific evidence is available is included in the complete panel.  Reports on additional drugs are added as the scientific community confirms their reliability.  RM test results can help your physician determine drug and drug interaction dangers.

If I’ve taken a drug for a while and never had a problem does that mean it’s safe for me?

No. The American Medical Association warns that genetics are relevant to 70% of all prescriptions and certain genetic variations can lead to adverse reactions, even in patients that have previously tolerated the drug well.

How do I know if RM tests for the drugs I’m already taking or considering?

You can also consider our complete panel test that includes all the drugs for which tests currently exist.  The complete panel can help protect you when you need a new prescription, have a sudden illness, or have an accident.  

Cancer Genomics
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I already know I have a family history of cancer. Why should I get tested?

Testing for a hereditary cancer risk helps you and your healthcare professional understand your risk so you can make the best choices for preventive care. Knowing your family history is an important first step, but testing can give you a more accurate picture of your risk.

I already have cancer. Why should I get tested?

Testing for a hereditary cancer helps you and your healthcare professional understand your risk for developing a second primary cancer. This information can allow you to make the best choices for preventive care.

Is testing recommended for everyone?

While testing is the most accurate way to determine the risk of hereditary cancer, only people who have cancer in their family or a personal history of the disease need to be tested. If you have had cancer and/or cancer runs in your family, let your healthcare professional know. 

How long does it take to get the test results?

Your healthcare professional will let you know your test results as soon as they are available, which may be as soon as two weeks from the date your test is performed.

How do I know if my health insurance will cover hereditary cancer testing?

Most insurance carriers cover genetic testing services for hereditary cancer. Although each case is unique, the average patient pays nothing out of pocket. RM assists in obtaining the best possible reimbursement for each of the genetic tests we offer with the goal of making sure you receive the appropriate coverage from your insurance plan.

What if I don’t have any health insurance at all?

You can pay for the testing service yourself. If needed, we can set up an installment payment plan that is practical for you. 

CONTACT

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New York, NY 10022

(877) RM GENETICS
(877) 764-3638

info@rmgenetics.com

ABOUT RM GENETICS

At RM Genetics, we strive to work with health providers and facilities to help them offer personalized medical care to their patients and residents. We provide complete program management and support that allows healthcare providers the ability to offer optimal patient care with no inconveniences or added operational requirements. Our Pharmacogenomic testing programs are customized to the patient and resident treatment types and are covered by Medicare and other Health Insurance providers.