How genes affect response to medication. Examples of individual variability in response to asthma treatment and Plavix (clopidogrel). Plavix is placebo for people with Asian ancestry at individual gene level. Hispanic ethnicity can mean poor response to asthma treatment. Top Genetics and Precision Medicine expert explains.
Precision medicine is already here. It is 4P Medicine: Predictive, Personalized, Preventive and Participatory. Individual genetic ancestry influences response to medications. Take example of blood thinning medication Plavix (clopidogrel). This medication is useless in 65% of Asians. Because they have genetic mutation that renders drug useless. Precision medicine helps individual patients to get the treatment that works best for them. Interview with Dr. Esteban Burchard, genomics expert on U.S. President’s Precision Medicine Initiative. Its goal is to develop targeted treatments for each person. Video interview with top expert in medical genetics and asthma.