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Fifteen-minute consultation: Pharmacogenomics: a guide for busy clinicians


The ultimate goal of pharmacogenomics is to understand how the effects of interindividual genetic variation impact on the response of patients to treatments and in turn optimise those treatments while minimising potential side effects. This review article provides a brief overview of pharmacogenomics, focusing on the methods used to understand how genes of interest are identified, how pharmacogenomics is currently used within paediatric clinical practice within the UK, potential areas for future use and some of the caveats specific to paediatric medicine.

  • pharmacology
  • paediatric practice
  • genetics

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