Side Effects Without Benefits

As for a 69-year-old woman, Airi was no exception. She had been prescribed several medications: there was one for high blood pressure, for cholesterol, sweating and stomach related symptoms. It was quite a handful to keep a record of.

In comparison, Airi was more or less an average within her peer medication wise. Consuming these many medications often come with unwanted side-effects. Airi’s unpleasant symptoms included nausea and dizziness, irregular temperature and bloating. It also influenced her mentally, depression was affecting her quality of life.

It is common for the unpleasant side-effects to hinder one’s life, especially within the senior citizens.

“I was upset that I was advised to purchase a whole lot of medicines that I was not able to use. It had a financial burden on my life.”

Through a relative Airi was told about pharmacogenetic testing, about the possibility to discover the suitability of certain medicines prior to the purchase. At the next appointment Airi mentioned this to her doctor, she was told this was not necessary in her case. But Airi was determined to change the direction of her life and consulted a private doctor, who processed her request.

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“I was upset that I was advised to purchase a whole lot of medicines that I was not able to use. It had a financial burden on my life.”

“The result was, that my body was not a good match with some of the medication I had been taking – It sure was a relief to find this out and to make the necessary changes.”

Airi’s medication was re-evaluated based on the pharmacogenetical test results and partly altered. The 69-year-old lady describes this as a huge relief and it has renewed her trust in medical safety. No longer she is consuming medication that has no effect on her nor the ones that have unpleasant side-effects. As she is prescribed a new medicine, she can immediately check from her application which ones are suitable for her.

The result of medical safety has a great impact on an individual’s life, but it also has a huge influence on a national level. Given the fact that  *96% of the population have genetic changes that effect their medical treatment. Not to forget that fact, that most of these are covered by KELA (a national health insurance) – it should be the utmost highest interest of the public sector to prevent these preventable costs.

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