The potential impact of pharmacogenetic testing on medication adherence

Pharmacogenomics J. 2013 Dec;13(6):481-3. doi: 10.1038/tpj.2013.33. Epub 2013 Sep 3.


Poor medication adherence is a well-known problem, particularly in patients with chronic conditions, and is associated with significant morbidity, mortality and health-care costs. Multi-faceted and personalized interventions have shown the greatest success. Pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing may serve as another tool to boost patients' confidence in the safety and efficacy of prescribed medications. Here, we consider the potential impact (positively or negatively) of PGx testing on medication-taking behavior.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Chronic Disease
  • Humans
  • Patient Compliance*
  • Pharmacogenetics*