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All the information about pharmacogenetics, preventive medicine that improves your quality of life.


Do you test for diseases using pharmacogenetic tests?

Pharmacogenetic tests are not diagnostic tests and do not predict diseases or conditions. They are used to predict how your body will respond to medication based on your genetic code. By identifying incompatibility risks, the test allows you to make more informed choices knowing that some medications may cause you undesirable side effects or be ineffective. It is also important to note that other factors may influence your reaction to drugs.

Do all medications contain dosage recommendations?

No, although some drugs may have dosing recommendations, we can also recommend that you simply avoid certain drugs, or use them with caution, or as indicated on the drug label.

What type of specimen do I need to provide for this test?

We need a small saliva sample, about 1 ml of saliva, or 1/5th of a teaspoon.

When can I have my results?

It takes 1 to 2 weeks from the date your saliva sample is received at the BiogeniQ laboratory.

Where do the recommendations for pharmacogenetic testing come from?

The recommendations included in our reports are drawn from peer-reviewed scientific publications. For the Pharma Profile, some recommendations may also come from the medication labels issued by Health Canada or other organizations such as the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). BiogeniQ ensures that the information in your report comes from credible scientific sources and experts in the field.

Genetic Advice

Is a physician’s order necessary for a genetic counselling appointment?

No, you do not need a prescription to make the appointment. However, if you have a prescription that mentions “Genetic counselling” or “Meeting with a genetic counsellor”, the consultation will be tax free.

What is the time frame for receiving the results after a genetic disease test?

Between 2 and 4 weeks, depending on the type of test requested. In an emergency with medical justification, an express request (7-12 days) can be submitted.

What type of specimen do I need to provide for a genetic disease test?

The vast majority of tests require a saliva sample. This type of sample can be taken at home or at a point of service. In some cases, a blood sample is needed and is taken at a point of service.

Is this a diagnostic test?

No, it’s not a diagnosis, but rather a prognosis. For example, we test for genes that predispose people for cancer. The test tells you the risk percentage of developing breast cancer.

General information

Will you share my genetic results with my insurance company? Will they turn me down or increase my premiums?

If an insurance company asks you if you’ve had a genetic test done, you don’t have to answer that question. You can refer to Bill S-201.

Is my test refundable through my private insurance?

Coverage for genetic tests depends on your private insurance. They could be considered laboratory tests when prescribed. We encourage you to contact your insurer to find out your coverage.

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