Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Genetic Test Helps Identify Which Drugs Work for You; Rxight Can Identify How a Person's Body Will React to about 280 Drugs

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Genetic Test Helps Identify Which Drugs Work for You; Rxight Can Identify How a Person's Body Will React to about 280 Drugs

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Byline: Charlie Patton

If Chuck Dushman were given Plavix, a blood thinner often given to people who have undergone the placement of a stent in a coronary artery, he would be at high risk of becoming a statistic: one of the 2 million Americans who suffer adverse drug reactions each year and perhaps one of the 100,000 Americans who die annually as the result of an adverse drug reaction.

The possible danger of Plavix to people undergoing a stent procedure has led UF Health Jacksonville to routinely test its stent candidates for the gene that causes the adverse reaction.

Dushman hasn't undergone a stent procedure. But he has been tested to see what drugs could potentially create an adverse reaction if he took them. He is vice president of Rxight, a company that does pharmacogenetic testing that can identify how a person's body will react to about 280 drugs, both prescription and over-the-counter.

Having undergone the test, Dushman can now share the results with physicians who are treating him.

"They can start me on the right medication," he said.

The first pharmacist to offer the Rxight (pronouced right) test in the Jacksonville area is Todd Troxell.

Troxell had been a pharmacist at Baptist Medical Center South since the hospital opened in 2005. But late last year Baptist Health announced it was closing that pharmacy. Troxell decided to open his own pharmacy at 14965 Old St. Augustine Road, Suite 108, not far from Baptist South.

One of the reasons he decided to go into business for himself rather than seek a job with a chain pharmacy is that he wanted to begin offering the Rxight test.

"I left Baptist South knowing I was going to do this," he said. "I wanted to be able to help my customers know if a medication is going to work. I'm helping people, which is what I wanted to do when I went to pharmacy school."

Taking medication without getting genetic testing done is "like playing Russian roulette," Troxell said.

Customers who chose to get the testing done swab the inside of their cheeks. …

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