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: http://www.sfchronicle.com/business/article/In-a-first-Veterans-Affairs-centers-use-genetic-12761544.php Article by Catherine Ho.
Written by Andrew Finkelstein | Last Updated: June 17, 2021