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Genetic tests obtainable through pharmacies: the good, the bad, and the ugly

Overview of attention for article published in Human Genomics, July 2013
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Title
Genetic tests obtainable through pharmacies: the good, the bad, and the ugly
Published in
Human Genomics, July 2013
DOI 10.1186/1479-7364-7-17
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George P Patrinos, Darrol J Baker, Fahd Al-Mulla, Vasilis Vasiliou, David N Cooper

Abstract

Genomic medicine seeks to exploit an individual's genomic information in the context of guiding the clinical decision-making process. In the post-genomic era, a range of novel molecular genetic testing methodologies have emerged, allowing the genetic testing industry to grow at a very rapid pace. As a consequence, a considerable number of different private diagnostic testing laboratories now provide a wide variety of genetic testing services, often employing a direct-to-consumer (DTC) business model to identify mutations underlying (or associated with) common Mendelian disorders, to individualize drug response, to attempt to determine an individual's risk of a multitude of complex (multifactorial) diseases, or even to determine a person's identity. Recently, we have noted a novel trend in the provision of private molecular genetic testing services, namely saliva and buccal swab collection kits (for deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) isolation) being offered for sale over the counter by pharmacies. This situation is somewhat different from the standard DTC genetic testing model, since pharmacists are healthcare professionals who are supposedly qualified to give appropriate advice to their clients. There are, however, a number of issues to be addressed in relation to the marketing of DNA collection kits for genetic testing through pharmacies, namely a requirement for regulatory clearance, the comparative lack of appropriate genetics education of the healthcare professionals involved, and most importantly, the lack of awareness on the part of both the patients and the general public with respect to the potential benefits or otherwise of the various types of genetic test offered, which may result in confusion as to which test could be beneficial in their own particular case. We believe that some form of genetic counseling should ideally be integrated into, and made inseparable from, the genetic testing process, while pharmacists should be obliged to receive some basic training about the genetic tests that they offer for sale.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 1 1%
Sweden 1 1%
Greece 1 1%
Unknown 72 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Ph. D. Student 14 19%
Researcher 13 17%
Student > Master 11 15%
Student > Bachelor 10 13%
Other 3 4%
Other 11 15%
Unknown 13 17%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 10 13%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 9 12%
Business, Management and Accounting 8 11%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 8 11%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 5 7%
Other 20 27%
Unknown 15 20%
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This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 5. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 13 May 2019.
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