Coronavirus / COVID-19

Genetic testing can help the fight against the Coronavirus

At a talk given at The Royal College of Physicians, on behalf of Myogenes, Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, the  Chair of Pharmacogenetics UK for the NHS, informed us all, that the NHS spend £1.6 billion per year, on people who suffer from adverse drug reactions, for example on hospital beds, repeat doctor visits and sometimes even fatal reactions.

This of course also applies to the Private Sector where Health Insurance Companies, as well as self-funding patients, are also losing millions because of incorrect medication being prescribed, drug-drug interaction and the miscorrect dosage. With the Coronavirus, now more than ever, it is essential to keep patients who are unnecessarily in the hospital out!

A simple saliva test can be a terrific guide and tool to help the Clinicians know if the medication they prescribe is the right/best one for their patient, avoiding bad side effects. This is one of the huge positives of genetic testing, the medicine of tomorrow which is here today.

The Clinician does not even have to be present to take the test. We can send it to the patient with simple instructions and a stamped addressed envelope to return the test sample to Myogenes. The results will only go to the requisitioning doctor or health professional, in a password-protected portal. If you have not used genetic testing before, please consider the benefits and visit our website or telephone us on 020 8387 1266, or email us on [email protected] and one of the Myogenes team will be in touch within an hour to accommodate your request.

Let’s do as much as we can to help to keep the hospitals as free as possible, for unavoidable emergencies.