Your overall health and well-being are in part determined by your genetic makeup. Just as genetics can affect your eye colour, genetics can also affect how you respond to medications. Because of genetic differences, two people can take the same dose of the same drug but respond in very different ways. For example, the drug might work very well for one person, but not at all for another. Or the drug might cause side effects for one person, but not for someone else.
Pillcheck is a pharmacogenetic service that assesses your genetic profile for known factors that influence response to medications. Pillcheck provides insights on how your body is likely to respond to many commonly prescribed drugs and provides personalized, actionable recommendations for each medication that is covered by the service. Many health conditions can be effectively treated by several different medications. Thus, you can use Pillcheck, with the help of your physician and pharmacist, to find which medications will be safest and most effective for you based on your genetic profile. This can reduce the trial period on a medication and help you achieve successful pharmaceutical treatment results faster. The service includes a genetic test, which is used to generate your personalized Pillcheck Report, as well as a review of your medications and professional opinion letter from a pharmacogenetics-trained consulting pharmacist. DNA is collected by gently swabbing the inside of your mouth (cheek) with a small sponge (similar to a Q-tip).
Only specific, well-identified DNA variations related to drug response are analyzed by Pillcheck. The results are used to generate a personalized report listing your body’s predicted response to all Pillcheck-covered medications. Pillcheck does NOT assess any genes related to disease risk or disease diagnostics and is only a tool to assist you and your healthcare providers to optimize your medications. Once the test is complete, any remaining DNA is destroyed after 30 days.
Your genetic summary data related to drug response will be stored in Pillcheck systems for the purpose of updating reports as required to reflect the most up-to-date clinical guidelines and expanded drug list over time. You will receive e-mail notifications about your report updates when they are available. You can access your data and review updates at any time through GeneYouIn‘s secure web application free of charge. Please keep your contact information up-to-date.
You should be aware of the following potential risks:
By signing this consent, you agree to allow GeneYouIn and a pharmacogenetics-trained consulting pharmacist to have access to your Pillcheck Report and related medication information (optionally provided by you) for the purpose of performing a personalized medication review. If you were referred to us by your physician, clinic, or pharmacy, and you use their discount code, you allow us to share your report with the referring party. Through GeneYouIn‘s electronic tools, you can also grant other trusted healthcare providers secure access to your Pillcheck Report. If at any time you decide to withdraw your consent, you may request deletion of your records, which will extend to your records on our clinical research database. Except as expressly set forth in this Informed Consent, your personally identifying results will not be shared by GeneYouIn with any third party, including your insurance company and employer.
By signing this Informed Consent, you understand that:
By signing this consent, you agree to allow GeneYouIn to use and share your anonymous genetic and health data to improve service delivery for you and other clients. You will not be compensated as a result of the analysis or research performed using your anonymous genetic or drug response data, and any discoveries resulting therefrom shall be the exclusive property of GeneYouIn.
If you have any other concerns or questions, please contact our privacy officer at Privacy@GeneYouIn.ca or 1-877-409-3629.