Pilot study of pharmacist-assisted delivery of pharmacogenetic testing in a primary care setting

Pharmacogenomics. 2014 Sep;15(13):1677-86. doi: 10.2217/pgs.14.109.


Aim: To describe the rationale and design of a pilot program to implement and evaluate pharmacogenetic (PGx) testing in a primary care setting.

Study rationale: Several factors have impeded the uptake of PGx testing, including lack of provider knowledge and challenges with operationalizing PGx testing in a clinical practice setting.

Study design: We plan to compare two strategies for the implementation of PGx testing: a pharmacist-initiated testing arm compared with a physician-initiated PGx testing arm. Providers in both groups will be required to attend an introduction to PGx seminar. Anticipated results: We anticipate that providers in the pharmacist-initiated group will be more likely to order PGx testing than providers in the physician-initiated group.

Conclusion: Overall, we aim to generate data that will inform an effective delivery model for PGx testing and to facilitate a seamless integration of PGx testing in primary care practices.

Keywords: clinical utility; pharmacist support; pharmacogenetic testing; pharmacogenetics; primary care.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Pharmacists*
  • Pharmacogenetics*
  • Pilot Projects
  • Primary Health Care*