Frequently Asked Questions
What is Pharmacogenetic Testing?
It is a genetic test (buccal swab/saliva) that can help your health care provider decide which medications and doses may work best for you.
How does medication monitoring help you?
The use of some drugs in combination can be harmful. Pharmacogenetic testing helps your health care provider decide on the treatment that is best for you. It can encourage an open discussion with your health care provider about your treatment plan, and can help to keep you safe.
How will this help you and your health care provider?
The way you respond to medications may be related to your genetics. The results of this test can help your health care provider understand how your body may process certain medications and may help inform him or her about which medications may be the best option for you. Certain non-genetic factors such as age, gender and diet may also impact your response to medications. Along with your genetic test results, your health care provider may use this information to personalize your medication therapy.
When will I be tested?
Your health care provider will determine when you will be tested based on your medical needs.
What is the specimen collection process?
After your health care provider determines the test is right for you, he/she will provide instructions on how to provide a specimen for testing. Please follow instructions carefully. Your health care provider will select the appropriate test on the test requisition form and ship your specimen to ASPERIO for analysis.
Are my results kept private?
ASPERIO maintains your privacy in accordance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations. ASPERIO does not store patient DNA and each specimen is securely discarded after completion of testing.
Who pays for the test?
ASPERIO will bill your insurer directly for its services. Then your insurance will send an Explanation of Benefits (EOB). The EOB is not a bill; it is a statement that shows how your insurer processed the claim for the test. Depending on your insurance carrier, you may receive a statement from ASPERIO for any remaining charges, including co-insurance, co-payments or deductible.