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Powerful Personalized Medicine | The role of laboratory testing for optimal patient care

Posted by Sara Carpenter on Oct 12, 2020 12:20:50 PM
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People have long sought to personalize their lives, from putting a personal stamp on their homes and customizing their furnishings, to monogramming their belongings and tailoring their clothing. This quest for uniqueness now encompasses healthcare, with personalized medicine now ranking among the things people are seeking as they shift away from reactive healthcare toward proactive care. 

While the term ‘personalized medicine’ isn’t new, many people now use the term interchangeably with ‘precision medicine.’ For the purpose of this discussion, ‘personalized medicine’ is used with the understanding medications aren’t developed for each individual patient. Rather, personalized medicine encompasses tests and approaches that can be effective based on a patient’s unique genetics, environment and lifestyle. 

 

A Multi-faceted Approach to Patient Care

The full scope of personalized medicine dramatically improves a physician’s ability to diagnose and treat patients, as well as detect a disease at an earlier stage when treatment can be easier and more effective, or to detect a patient’s potential for a disease.

The spectrum includes:

Personalized Medicine in a Nutshell 

√ Ties to a patient’s genetics

√ Overcomes limitations of traditional medicine

√ Focuses on preventative care

√ Predicts susceptibility to disease

  • Risk Assessment using genetic testing to determine a patient’s predisposition to a specific disease

  • Disease Prevention through behavior, lifestyle or treatment intervention

  • Disease Detection at the molecular level

  • Accurate Diagnosis that enables an individualized treatment strategy

  • Targeted Treatment focused on reducing side effects and improving the patient outcome 

  • Managed Care through active monitoring of prescription drugs, potential drug interactions, treatment response and disease progression

 

From Advances in Medicine to Advances in the Lab

Advances in medicine have led to diagnostic approaches and healthcare informatics that have created exciting opportunities for physicians to make optimal individual health decisions about patient care tied to that patient’s unique genetic makeup. As a result, the limitations of traditional medicine can be overcome, and the emphasis shifts from reactive healthcare to preventative healthcare. 

Reflecting our reputation as a powerhouse for diagnostic testing, Diax LabsTM offers five unique tests that boost a physician’s ability to provide the personalized medicine patients expect. 

EZ Drop

No other laboratory offers a single-drop blood test like our drug interaction detection solution for concentration levels of medications.

UCompliDx

Our exclusive and proprietary panel tests for compliance of medications commonly prescribed for cardiovascular disorders, diabetes, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and inflammatory conditions. 

DNA LOCK

Our lab’s revolutionary urine test establishes a patient ID using baseline DNA and extracts sub-cells from future urine tests to confirm a genetic match or mismatch. 

CardioMetrix™ 

No other lab offers a test that integrates three cutting-edge diagnostic technologies to ascertain a patient’s genetic risk factors for inherited cardiovascular diseases. The Diax LabsTM test panel includes 117 genes currently known to be associated with the development of inherited cardiovascular diseases. 

PGx Testing

While many laboratories offer some basic type of genetics testing, our pharmacogenetics test is one of the most actionable areas of the personalized medicine paradigm, both alone and when combined with our other testing solutions. This test uses a patient’s genes to determine their response to a particular medicine or combination of medicines. 

 

A Hand-in-hand Scenario

The innovative tests offered by Diax Labs™ work hand in hand, ultimately helping physicians provide highly personalized medicine to their patients. 

Here’s how.

In a scenario involving a patient with a family history of heart disease, the physician can order CardioMetrix to determine that patient’s risk for cardiovascular disease and EZDrop to detect the potential for drug interactions prescribed as part of the patient’s treatment plan. At intervals along the treatment plan, UCompliDX can confirm whether the patient is taking medication at the prescribed dosage, and PGx Testing can identity the patient’s unique sensitivities to possible drug effects. If the patient has a history of addiction, particularly to a controlled substance, DNA LOCK can confirm whether the patient’s urine sample is a genetic match or mismatch. 

 

Here to Assist You

Diax Labs is committed to being a reliable, innovative and accurate diagnostics laboratory with exemplary drug testing standards. 

If you are an independent physician or laboratory marketing professional that sells to independent physicians, we welcome the opportunity to talk with you one on one about our laboratory tests for personalized medicine, as well as our comprehensive suite of testing solutions. 


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