Clinical Services

UF Health is using the knowledge gained from pharmacogenomics research to advance health care for our patients. Pharmacogenetic testing provides information about a person’s genetic profile that can be used to help identify the right medicine and the right dose, ideally before a patient starts taking a medication. UF Health providers at hospitals and clinics in Gainesville and Jacksonville are using genetic information alongside a patient’s medical history to inform treatment decisions in areas such as cancer, heart disease, gastrointestinal disorders and pain management.

Pharmacogenomics Consultation Service

UF Health operates one of the nation's first outpatient pharmacogenomics consultation services. The service brings pharmacogenomic consultations to primary care and is available to UF Health internal medicine patients.

Meghan Arwood, Pharm.D., M.S., leads the clinic at UF Health Internal Medicine at Tower Hill in Gainesville.

Fast Facts

6,000+ patients genotyped

7 clinical implementations

23 hospitals and clinics have implemented pharmacogenomics testing

Clinical Implementations

JUNE 2012

CYP2C19 – clopidogrel (Gainesville)

CYP2C19 testing was implemented to predict clopidogrel response in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention at UF Health Shands Hospital.

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FEBRUARY 2014

TPMT – thiopurines

TPMT genetic testing was implemented to predict response for patients taking a group of drugs known as thiopurines. Adult and pediatric patients with certain types of bowel or joint disorders and acute lymphoblastic leukemia commonly take thiopurines.

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JULY 2014

IFNL3-PEG-IFNα

IFNL3 testing was implemented to predict the PEG IFN-α-based drug regimen response for gastroenterology patients.

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MAY 2015

CYP2D6 – opioids

CYP2D6 testing was implemented to predict the response of pain management patients taking multiple opioids including tramadol, codeine, hydrocodone and oxycodone.

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april 2016

CYP2C19 – clopidogrel (Jacksonville)

CYP2C19 testing was implemented to predict clopidogrel response in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention at UF Health Jacksonville

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OCTOBER 2016

CYP2D6 / CYP2C19 – SSRIs

CYP2D6 and CYP2C19 testing was implemented to predict response for psychiatric patients taking a group of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.

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JANUARY 2017

CYP2C19 – PPIs

CYP2C19 testing was implemented to predict response for gastroenterology patients taking a group of drugs known as proton pump inhibitors.

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What is Pharmacogenetics?

Identify the best medicine for you

What is pharmacogenetics?

Pharmacogenetics can affect response, increase effectiveness and decrease side effects to different medications.

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Infectious Disease Pharmacokinetics Laboratory

under the direction of Dr. Charles Peloquin

Infectious Disease Pharmacokinetics Laboratory

The Infectious Disease Pharmacokinetics Laboratory is focused clinically on the treatment of patients with serious infections, including tuberculosis, HIV and fungal infections.

Infectious Disease Pharmacokinetics Laboratory

The Future of Precision Medicine at UF Health

a new era of genetic medicine

Reengineering the clinical environment for precision medicine at UF Health

Beginning in 2019, the UF Health Precision Medicine Program will launch a multi-gene pharmacogenetics panel developed by UF Health Pathology Laboratories. It will examine multiple drugs, multiple genes and, eventually, diseases to personalize drug therapy and disease risk assessment around an individual’s genetic profile.

Rhonda Cooper-DeHoff