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What is PREDICT?
What drugs are included in the program?
Why is the test performed?
What are the benefits?
Who is this test for?
How is the test performed?
How will this information be used in my care?
Can this test tell anything else?
How do I become a Vanderbilt patient so I can use PREDICT?
We each respond differently to medicines. Making sure you receive the right medicine at the right dose is one way Vanderbilt offers personalized medicine for our patients.
In fact, Vanderbilt University Medical Center can now use your genetic information to help prevent bad drug side effects. We call this PREDICT. The idea is to give the right dose of the right drug, the first time.
PREDICT is a program that gives information to your doctor when a drug is being prescribed. It tells the doctor if the drug might not work well for you based on your DNA. We believe Vanderbilt is the first academic medical center in the US to offer this program.
Your medicine should be tailored for you. To do this, we can now give you a test to look at some of your genes. Knowing this information helps us prescribe drugs that work better and have fewer side effects.
In one case, the blood thinners warfarin (Coumadin) and clopidogrel (Plavix) may not work for people who have a certain genetic type. In another, a typical dose of the transplant anti-rejection drug tacrolimus may not be the right dose for some people.
Doctors use the results from the test to make better decisions about the drugs that are right for you. Choosing the right dose of the right drug the first time helps doctors avoid harmful side effects or drugs that simply won't work, putting you at risk for the very condition or event that the drug is trying to prevent. This saves you time and money.
The test is for Vanderbilt patients who might receive certain drugs. Patients in the cardiac catheterization lab as well as in Vanderbilt Heart and Vanderbilt Internal Medicine, and Vanderbilt Transplant can be tested. Based on your history, your doctor may order a test. That way, your doctor will have the information ready when you need it. The test results will be stored securely.
PREDICT is a simple blood test. The test looks at some genes that tell us how your body responds to drugs. The test results helps doctors prescribe the right dose of the right drug and avoid bad drug side effects.
The information from your test will be used for treatment as needed. It will be stored securely in Vanderbilt’s secure electronic medical record, like we do with all medical information.
Patients can see their PREDICT test results, ask questions, and view other medical information online at My Health at Vanderbilt.
Yes. Right now, we can test for almost 200 genetic variations known to affect many medicines. PREDICT does not involve the testing for susceptibility to diseases.
To make an appointment with a Vanderbilt doctor call (615) 322-5000.