In a First, VA Centers Use Genetic Testing to Treat Depression

It is the first study in the VA health system to examine whether doctors gaining knowledge of their patients’ genomic composition can help shape more precise treatment plans for depression.  Dr. Lee, a VA medical examiner, signed up to be part of a first-of-its-kind experiment that is playing out in 21 VA health centers around the country.  For the first time since he began practicing medicine in 1992, Lee is asking a small number of his patients to take a cheek swab for a genetic test analyzing their ability to metabolize commonly prescribed antidepressants. Lee uses the information to help decide which and how much of an antidepressant to prescribe.  Read more here:  Article by Catherine Ho.