The Obama administration is supporting expansion of access to precision medicine — efforts to use DNA tests to see which medical treatment options might work best for which patients.
Your employee benefits clients could get in on the precision medicine game now, by making sure their major medical plans cover the relevant DNA tests, or by giving employees a way to buy DNA tests with their own money through a worksite-based test purchase program.
Why should your clients consider offering the tests?
Sometimes, drugs just don’t work. In other cases, adverse drug reactions can stretch treatment times far beyond their normal scopes, causing sharp increases in costs, and sometimes even physical harm to patients.
Take codeine, a pain medication. A normal dose effectively manages pain in most patients. That dose might provide delayed relief in a second patient, little relief in a third patient, and a dangerous overdose in a fourth patient.