Unlocking the potential of pharmacogenetics in South Africa
Keywords:pharmacogenetics, South Africa, practitioner’s portal, personalised medicine
Pharmacogenetics, often abbreviated as PGx, is the study of how an individual's genetic makeup influences their response to drugs. By utilising individual genetic data, PGx can optimise drug therapy plans, minimise adverse effects and reduce healthcare costs associated with ineffective treatments. In our article, we explain the critical role of PGx in shaping personalised medicine, with focus on South Africa region, where unique disease patterns require specialised treatments. We outline challenges such as the cost of testing, the need for more research, and the importance of education for both physicians and patients.