"Basic Concepts in Genetics and Pharmacogenomics for Pharmacists"

  • Kathleen B Orrico School of Pharmacy, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA Center for Clinical Research, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA, USA.
Keywords: pharmacogenomics, pharmacogenetics, personalized medicine, pharmacogenomics knowledge base


This basic review of genetic principles will aid pharmacists in preparing for their eventual role of translating gene-drug associations into clinical practice. Genes, which are stretches of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) contained on the 23 pairs of human chromosomes, determine the size and shape of every protein a living organism builds. Variation in pharmacogenes which encode for proteins central to drug action and toxicity serves as the basis of pharmacogenomics (PGx). Important online resources such as PharmGKB.org, cpicpgx.org, and PharmVar.org provide the clinician with curated and summarized PGx associations and clinical guidelines. As genetic testing becomes increasingly affordable and accessible, the time is now for pharmacists to embrace PGx-guided medication selection and dosing to personalize and improve the safety and efficacy of drug therapy.
How to Cite
OrricoK. B. (2019). "Basic Concepts in Genetics and Pharmacogenomics for Pharmacists". Drug Target Insights, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.33393/dti.2019.1416