Pharmacogenomics for Patients & Caregivers

One Saliva Sample. A Lifetime of Smarter Prescription Choices.

Do you know what your DNA says about your risk for certain health conditions and how you might process certain medications? If you take medication today – or will take medication at any point in your life – a one-time saliva test can identify prescription medications that may be ineffective or unsafe for you. This test is available through participating employers and benefits providers. 

DNA Determines How Medications Work for Different People

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Pill bottle noting medications with DNA-related risks

More than 150 medications are affected by differences in DNA. This includes commonly prescribed medications for mental health, cardiovascular issues, diabetes, pain management, and many others. That’s because your DNA controls the speed at which certain medications can move through your body.

If a medication is blocked or processed too slowly, it is less likely to have beneficial effects, or it can build up in your body and put you at risk of an accidental overdose.

If a medication moves too fast, it can pass out of your body before it ever has a chance to work. 

DNA Testing for Medication Safety

Using advanced pharmacogenomics (PGx) technology, medication safety testing analyzes your compatibility with more than 150 medications. This technology is fueled by decades of scientific findings on how a person’s DNA affects their response to medication. 

In addition to DNA analysis, our testing also considers dozens of other risk factors – such as age, medical conditions, other medications, what you eat and drink, and other lifestyle factors – to flag medications you’re taking today that may not be right for you and identify medications you should avoid throughout the course of your life since your DNA does not change over time. Once your DNA has been analyzed, you will receive a medication compatibility report and a pharmacist will review any recommendations with your doctor.

Fast-Forward to Better Health

Rather than spending critical time going through multiple rounds of medication adjustments to get the drugs and dosage just right, DNA testing for medication safety helps ensure you are taking the right medication for you – right away.

Avoid Trial-and-Error Prescribing

Did You Know:

Treatment plans for acute and chronic conditions rarely account for genetic variation, thereby subjecting patients to ineffective treatment or exposure to harmful side effects.

Minimize Adverse Drug Reactions

Did You Know:

Adverse drug events alone represent a litany of poor healthcare outcomes1-3 and are a common cause of hospitalizations each year4-6.

Prevent Unwanted Side Effects

Did You Know:

Medications developed to improve health, cure disease, fight infections, and protect patients are ineffective or cause side effects in greater than 50% of patients7.

If your employer or health benefits provider would like more information about this program, please call 888-415-7834 or complete the form below.


    What is Pharmacogenomics and Personalized Medicine?

    Pharmacogenomics (PGx) is the study of how genes affect an individual’s response to medication while precision medicine takes a tailored approach to diagnosis and treatment based on the individual. At CLS, we combine the two and partner with the healthcare community to deliver paths to more efficient care worldwide.

    Championing the power of genetic science and testing through personalized medicine, we leverage the power of PGx to ensure you are only taking the medications that work for you.

    Did you know:

    • Genes can influence a person’s response to medications
    • The safety and efficacy of more than 200 prescription medications are known to be affected by a person’s genes
    • On average, people aged 45 and older take four prescription medications daily
    • People 65-69 years old take an average of 14 prescriptions per year
    • About one-fifth of prescriptions given to elderly patients are inappropriate
    • Adverse reactions are responsible for 32,000 hip fractures per year and 28% of re-hospitalizations

    How Pharmacogenomics for Patients & Caregivers Works

    Get Started

    After enrolling through your employer or insurance provider, Coriell Life Sciences mails you a kit that you complete from the privacy and comfort of your home – no need to visit a clinic or pharmacy.

    DNA Analysis

    Specially-trained pharmacists from CLS’ laboratory network analyze your results to see how your DNA, combined with other factors, affects the medication(s) you take.

    Results Delivery

    Once complete, you will receive a notification to schedule a phone call with a CLS Program pharmacist who will review your results and may make recommendations to you and your physician.

    Already Participating?

    You may already have the option of participating in this Medication Safety Program through your employer or benefits provider.

    Coriell Life Sciences DNA sample kit and instructions

    Having trouble with your sample? 

    Check out this helpful video to ensure a high-quality DNA sample.

    Return Your Kit

    Place your signed consent form and DNA sample into the box and seal. That’s it! We’ve pre-labeled and pre-paid your return kit, so your box can be placed in any mailbox serviced by the US Postal Service.

    Request a Kit or Schedule a Pharmacist Consultation

    Contact a CLS Enrollment Support Specialist below


    Contact a CLS Enrollment Support Specialist

    (888) 456-9184

    Privacy Concerns for Patients & Individuals

    Keeping your data and personal information safe and secure is our topmost priority. DNA test results are only shared with you and your doctor and will not impact your healthcare coverage or benefits. Your results are confidential and maintained securely, just like any other medical record, in accordance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). 

    100% confidential. Learn the steps CLS takes to ensure your privacy.

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