The testing process
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The testing process
myDNA is a pharmacogenomic test which determines how an individual’s genetic makeup can affect their response to certain medications. The results may guide the prescription of drugs and may identify patients at risk of adverse side effects or treatment failure. It may also help individuals receive the right medication sooner.
A myDNA test result will provide information that can help predict the right drug and dose for your body. It is particularly relevant for people who:
- are on certain medications
- have a history of not responding to common medications such as antidepressants, reflux medications, pain medications and blood thinners
- are experiencing side-effects from currently prescribed medications
- take multiple medications
A myDNA test can be ordered as a blood sample from your doctor or as a painless cheek swab at a participating myDNA accredited pharmacy. These samples are sent to a lab for analysis and the results are explained in a consultation with your pharmacist or doctor. Your doctor makes the final decision if a change to your medication or dose is recommended.
Do not eat or drink for at least 15 minutes before taking a cheek swab sample. The blood test doesn’t require any preparation.
Once we have received your sample, it takes 10 business days for us to process, analyse and deliver your results. The results are delivered in a face-to-face consultation with your pharmacist or your nominated healthcare professional. You can access your results through a secure online portal called myDNA Explore. With myDNA Explore you can:
- View and download your personalised health reports.
- Learn more about how your body responds to medication.
- Find out how to optimise your health as new genetic research is established.
This test only needs to be taken once. Your results have lifetime relevance and can be utilised by health professionals to guide selection of certain medications and dose, both now and in the future.
You can find a pharmacy by using our pharmacy locator.
No, the test must be overseen by a doctor.
Your local myDNA accredited pharmacist may suggest a local doctor, if you don’t already have one. But any doctor should be able to understand the test results.
The test is advised for individuals 12 months and over.
Recommendations are only made about certain drugs that have known clinically relevant gene-drug associations. The results have lifelong relevance and so new recommendations may be made when new evidence about other drugs is discovered. The current test covers many commonly prescribed medications, but new tests covering more medications are currently in development.
The test results may help explain certain adverse reactions to a number of different medications. The test cannot explain all your drug sensitivities. This is why it is advisable to discuss with your health professional whether the test provides useful information on your specific drug sensitivities.
You should only change your medications in consultation with your doctor.
70% of people who take a myDNA test have a finding that could affect current or future medications. This means a finding that is predictive of significantly altered drug metabolism and is based on an analysis of the results of approximately 4,750 myDNA tests. Other non-genetic factors, such as bodyweight, or existing medical conditions, such as liver disease or kidney failure, can also affect your response to medications.
My DNA Life uses the latest software and information technology systems to ensure that your data will never knowingly be released to a third party without your consent. You have access to your report in a private results area of www.mydna.life and can share this with future health professionals. You may also delete your results at any time.
Underwritten life insurance products such as cover for life, disability, trauma, income protection and those required for business and bank loans may be impacted by a genetic test result. Under the law, an applicant is required to disclose to the insurer any health or genetic information known to them that might impact the insurance policy being applied for. [Source: NSW Centre for Genetic Education Fact Sheet 20].
The NSW Centre for Genetic Education Fact Sheet 20 – Life Insurance Products and Genetic Testing in Australia states that ‘private health insurance premiums are not impacted by genetic test results.’
The tests costs $149 AUD.
Currently, there is no reimbursement for the cost of this test by Medicare or private health insurance. However, testing can be covered for Workcover (in certain States) and DVA patients with a claim application letter from your physician. Some small health funds have reimbursed their members and you should ask your fund provider.
Many patients save money in the long term by avoiding a trial-and-error approach to their medications, reaching treatment outcomes more quickly and reducing money spent on medications that do not work for them.
The current report only looks at specific genes that determine how you process certain medications. Nutrition and fitness are amongst our research areas and we hope to have new tests available soon.
No, we don’t offer paternity or ancestry testing.
We are researching a useful caffeine test. Current tests on the market do not assess the impact of caffeine consumption, based on genetic factors.
Your children’s results might not be the same as your own, as each individual has their own genetic profile. Testing is recommended if your children experience adverse effects to prescribed medication.
A strict quality assurance process, combined with state of the art laboratory facilities, controls reliability and validity. Nevertheless there are many abnormal changes in the genes being tested so the test result acts as a guide only, based on internationally recognised guidelines.