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'Important' pharmacogenomics report published today

Personalised prescribing: using pharmacogenomics to improve patient outcomes, a report explaining how pharmacogenomic testing should be deployed across the NHS to ensure all patients have an equal chance of being prescribed a medicine at a dose that is likely to be safe and effective for them, has been published today.

Commenting on the publication of Personalised Prescribing: Using pharmacogenomics to improve patient outcomes Ravi Sharma, Director for England at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, who was on the report’s working group, said: “This important report, produced by a joint working party involving RPS, highlights the pivotal role that pharmacists play in the successful implementation of pharmacogenomics services across England, Scotland and Wales.

“We have seen huge progress across England with NHS Genomic Medicine Service Alliances set up that oversee and coordinate the embedding of genomics into mainstream clinical care in 7 regions.

“Pharmacists have the knowledge, skills and abilities to provide the precision dosing and therapeutic drug monitoring that connects genomic testing with medicines optimisation, and so will play a central part in delivering the advances in personalised medicine that are set to revolutionise patient care.

“Pharmacy teams across the whole system have a critical role to play, particularly in primary care where most prescribing and dispensing takes place for patients. We want to see infrastructure established to create a pharmacogenomics service in every Integrated Care System in England, as recommended in the report, with pharmacists playing a critical leadership role in the multidisciplinary team embedded into clinical pathways across specialties to inform care for individual patients.

“Appropriate workforce planning for current and future generations of the pharmacy workforce is key to achieving this, so the full potential of providing pharmacogenomics care across settings can be realised. The future is within reach and the impact of integrated working, improved care, reduced medicines-related admissions to hospital and better benefits for patients from their medicines through pharmacogenomics is a truly exciting and inspiring prospect.”

Read the full report here

Find out more about pharmacogenomics with RPS Lead for Pharmacogenomics Sophie Harding's explainer blog.

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