Genetic influence on medicines


We are unique! Have you ever become drowsy of a non-sedating pill? Or a certain medicine works great for your partner but has absolutely no effect with you? This is because we are all genetically different, that is what makes us unique. Because we each have our own genes, our bodies also differ in the way we respond to medicines.


meamedica.com pharmacogenetic test

The meamedica.com personal medicine test, a medication response test (also known as a pharmacogenetic test), determines how your body breaks down medicines based on your DNA. With these results, your healthcare provider can make better informed decisions about which medicine suits you best and at what dose/strength.

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Your DNA influences the result

Your DNA determines how you respond to medication. Your genes have a huge influence on the way a medicine is absorbed, distributed in the body and broken down again. They can therefore account for 20 to 95 percent of the differences in response to a medicine [1]. Your genes determine whether your body breaks down a medicine too slowly, normally or too quickly, which can result in unpleasant side effects or no effect at all.
A pharmacogenetic test shows the activity of the different involved enzymes and gives information about the type of medicine that suits you and the corresponding dose.

[1] Kalow W, Tang BK, Endrenyi I. Hypothesis: comparisons of inter- and intra-individual variations can substitute for twin studies in medicine research. Pharmacogenetics. 1998;8:283–289. [PubMed]

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Where do you get DNA from and how does the DNA collection work?

We only use some saliva. So: no needles and no blood!
It is very simple: our test kit contains two cotton swabs that allow you to easily collect saliva by moving them along the inside of your cheek. You can send cotton swabs back to us in the return envelope and we will make sure that the lab starts the analysis.


How long does it take?

We aim to be able to offer you the results of the lab with 4-6 weeks. When the time comes, you will receive an email from us. Your results will then be reflected in your account.


From who are the DNA results?

That's easy: yours!
You determine what happens to your data. We ensure that this is done in the most reliable and safe way. We can give you more information about your genes if you leave the data with us, but you can also delete it. That is your choice, the data is yours afterall.


Why is this the best pharmacogenetic test?

We determine your DNA in a scientific way, something that the other providers do not do. With our results you can go to a doctor, specialist or pharmacist with peace of mind to have it used for dose adjustments of your medicine.
For us this is very important, because reliability of your genetic result is what can give you better treatment with medication. That is what helps you immediately.
We are happy to be a reliable partner in this. So for us, a cheap test with a half-baked result is not enough, we want certainty and we deliver a test with the highest accuracy.


Do you use my data further?

No.
It's your data. And if we run into a good scientific research where we would like to offer our cooperation to help science go a step further, then we just ask that. Without your explicit permission, at that moment, nothing happens.


Is my data safe with you?

We do our utmost to prevent bad things from happening: we have taken measures to prevent illegal access so that your genetic information is safe with us.

  • Fully separated databases keep your genetic information disconnected from your personal (identifiable) information.
  • All connections to our website are encrypted using TLS/SSL (Transport Layer Security/Secure Sockets Layer) technology.
  • External firewalls limit unauthorized connections to our databases.


How do I get my results?

We will send you an email as soon as the data from the lab is received by us.
Within your account all tested data is clearly displayed.
We clearly indicate what the outcome means and what impact this can have for you.

Please Note: this pharmacogenetic test is only being offered in The Netherlands at the moment. Please send us an email to info@meamedica.com to discuss your options, in case of interest in the test.


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