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Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (CCLM)

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Ed. by Gillery, Philippe / Greaves, Ronda / Lackner, Karl J. / Lippi, Giuseppe / Melichar, Bohuslav / Payne, Deborah A. / Schlattmann, Peter

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Volume 38, Issue 9


How to Manage Individualized Drug Therapy: Application of Pharmacogenetic Knowledge of Drug Metabolism and Transport

Christian Meisel / Ivar Roots / Ingolf Cascorbi / Ulrich Brinkmann / Jürgen Brockmöller
Published Online: 2005-06-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2000.126


Significant fractions of health budgets must be spent for treatment of drug side effects and for inefficient drug therapy. Hereditary variants in drug metabolizing enzymes, drug transporters, and drug targets are important determinants of drug response and toxicity and may therefore aid in selection and dosage of drugs. Today there is extensive knowledge of genetic polymorphisms of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes 2A6, 2C9, 2C19, and 2D6; of phase-2 enzymes such as thiopurine S-methyltransferase; and more recently of drug transporters such as the MDR-1 gene-product P-glycoprotein, affecting a significant share of currently used drugs. However, application of pharmacogenetic knowledge to clinical routine is limited in current practice. To promote the application of pharmacogenetic knowledge in clinical routine, research on genotype-based dose adjustments is still necessary—as is the promotion of faster and cheaper genotype analyses. Furthermore, the benefits of CYP genotype-directed drug therapy should be evaluated in properly designed prospective studies. Once such steps have been successfully taken, drug therapy could well become more prevention-directed and patient-tailored than it is possible today, replacing the current “one drug in one dose for one disease” strategy by a more individualized approach.

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Published Online: 2005-06-01

Published in Print: 2000-09-18

Citation Information: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, Volume 38, Issue 9, Pages 869–876, ISSN (Print) 1434-6621, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/CCLM.2000.126.

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