Personalized Medicine : An Effective Treatment For Each Individual

1066 Words Jan 7th, 2016 5 Pages
Personalized Medicine

In recent years, the growth and changes in medicine has been exponential than linear. With the innovations of new cutting edge technologies, medicine is not only changing through technological perspective but through human perspective as well. While millions of lives have been saved with the traditional one –size-fits-all blockbuster medicine, some drawbacks are still preventing an effective treatment for each individual. An individual’s response to any medications are influenced by many socio-biological factors such as age, weight, medical history, daily lifestyle but it is also affected by their genetic makeup. Medications prescribed on the basis of one’s genetic information are effectual, efficient and practical and cause fewer side effects. Taking this consideration into an account, ‘Personalized Medicine’ has been proposed which use pharmacogenomics that administer correct amount of doses on the basis of an individual genetic makeup. According to FDA, Personalized Medicine is described as “the right patient with the right drug at the right dose at the right time. It is the tailoring of medical treatment to the individual characteristics, needs, and preferences of a patient during all stages of care, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up”. This new way of tailoring medicine would help in study, identification, analysis and diagnosis of any disease caused due to certain mutations in patient’s gene and treatment would be done…

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