Pharmacogenomic screening: come to a community pharmacy near you

What if you could go to your local pharmacy and get tested to find out how your genes affect how you metabolize drugs, like statins or antidepressants? In several countries, you can.

In this episode of The PJ Pod, editor Dawn Connelly travels the world and speaks with community pharmacists who already provide it regularly. She begins by visiting the Netherlands, where she talks to Fleur van Gelder and Jesse Swen about their pharmacogenomic testing service, and experiences it for herself.

She then speaks with community pharmacists Fabio from Rango, Canada, and Nami Nagar, Australia, about the tests they offer and how they have improved their relationships with patients and GPs.

Finally, Connelly returns to the UK to assess when community pharmacies here could provide such a service. She speaks to Munir Pirmohamed, NHS chair in pharmacogenetics, who advises the health service, and delivers exclusive news on a UK pharmacy chain.

This episode was produced by Geoff Marsh.

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Munir Pirmohamed will speak on the implementation of pharmacogenomic testing in the NHS at the RPS Science and Research Summit on Friday June 24, 2022. Learn more here.

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