Frequently asked questions

How does a pharmacogenetic analysis work exactly?

The procedure is very simple for our patients. They can be referred by their attending doctor or can make an appointment directly with us. They will then receive a kit for saliva sampling sent directly to their home. The sample is returned to the practice to be analysed by our certified lab partner. Finally, the results are discussed personally in detail with the patient. If so wished, the patient can provide a saliva or blood sample in our practice without making an appointment.

What is the difference between a genetic test and a pharmacogenetic test?

As a rule, a genetic test attempts to uncover evidence of the causative genetic modification through the breakdown of a person's genome. In contrast, pharmacogenetic tests search for genetic differences that determine the metabolism, as well as the effects and side effects of medications. "Genetic" and "pharmacogenetics" tests pursue fundamentally distinct goals and should therefore be assessed differently due to ethical, legal and social points of view.

Why is the subject of genes normally not, or only rarely, addressed at the doctor's office?

Patients have always been asked by the doctor about their family history during the medical interview. This is an important part of medical screening and may provide a clue to aid in diagnosis and the determination of a possible therapy. A further reason why molecular genetics was not as widely addressed by doctors in the past was the extremely high cost of analysis. This has fallen dramatically in recent years.

Which are the cooperation partners of the Practice for Personalised Medicine?

Our Practice works closely together with the Genetikzentrum Zürich (PD Dr. Gabor Matyas) and bio.logis, Zentrum für Humangenetik, Frankfurt (Prof. Dr. med. Daniela Steinberger).

How secure is my data?

The user's results are connected exclusively to the anonymous user name at the portal. Only the user can make a connection between a user name and the personal data.

What happens to the sample after screening?

The sample may be stored for further tests or destroyed, if so desired. If the DNA is stored in the laboratory, any follow-up procedures can be made at a discounted price as the cost of resampling and materials needed are eliminated.