Sean King

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Knoxville, Tennessee, United States

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Not Good

Despite the falling cost and obvious usefulness:

[a] survey of more than 10,000 U.S. physicians undertaken by the American Medical Assn. and the pharmacy benefits manager Medco Health Solutions Inc. found that just more than 25% had any type of education in the use of genetic testing to guide medication decisions. And only 1 in 10 felt he or she had the necessary training and knowledge to put pharmacogenetic testing to good use in treating patients. Some 13% had ordered or recommended a genetic test for a patient in the last six months. But twice that many said they would do so in the next six months.

The daily practice of medicine is at least 10 years behind the times.

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