Personalized Medicine: Innovation Isn’t Everything, It’s the Only Thing

By Brittany | January 25, 2012 | Category: Pharmacotherapy
Personalized Medicine: Innovation Isn’t Everything,                                                It’s the Only Thing
By Ralph Tarantino, PhD
Pharmaceutical Consultant and Principal, SteriTech Solutions, LLC
Middletown, NJ

Most would agree that mapping of the human genome during the last few years of the 20th century was a key technological advance in a century that saw the most technological advances in history. Knowledge of the human genome makes pharmacogenomics possible, and pharmacogenomics makes personalized medicines possible. Personalized medicine—hype not withstanding—is a model for pharmacotherapeutics that cannot be ignored by those interested in advancements in the treatment of disease. It most often refers to use of an individual’s genetic information to optimize treatment or prevent disease for that individual. Crizotinib (Xalkori) and vemurafenib (Zelboraf) are notable personalized medicines approved by the FDA in 2011.

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