Warfarin level test: Genetic test to help prescribe proper dose of blood-thinner warfarin

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Intravenous news: News Medical report “Patients suffering from dangerous blood clots will receive genetic testing to help health professionals at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System prescribe the proper dose of the blood-thinner warfarin. The UI Health System is one of the first in the nation to use genetic information to help patients receive the right dose of the drug, which consistently ranks among the leading causes of serious drug-related adverse events.

The genetic test will identify common variants in CYP2C9, an enzyme that breaks down warfarin, and VKORC1, a clotting enzyme that is the target of warfarin, says Larisa Cavallari, UIC associate professor of pharmacy practice and one of the co-directors of the new program.”

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