Benefits professionals are well-served to learn as much as they can about this fast-growing science and its role in prescribing.
By Jennifer Fuhrmann-Berger|June 20, 2018 at 10:49 AM
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In 510 B.C.E., Pythagoras unwittingly made one of the first contributions to pharmacogenetics when he observed that ingesting fava beans could cause lethal toxicity in select individuals. Today, this increasingly important field of scientific study offers an opportunity to rein in wasteful prescription spending.
Benefits professionals are well-served to learn as much as they can about this fast-growing science and its role in prescribing. Complex and high-cost specialty drugs dominate the drug pipeline in the United States, and are expected to account for 50 percent of drug spend by 2020. Many such drugs require testing for certain genetic and metabolic markers.
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