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PHARMACOGENETICS

Star Psychiatric Healthcare is proud of our pioneering use of pharmacogenetics, the study of genetic differences among people in how effectively their body uses and metabolizes certain medications.  There have recently been important advances in the application of pharmacogenetics to medications used in treatment of psychiatric illnesses.  Star Psychiatric Health is one of the few psychiatric providers in the Tri-State area that has been making regular use of this state-of-the-art technology since its inception, approximately three years ago.

When the usual use of medication does not seem to be working for a particular patient, pharmacogenetic testing allows our providers to pinpoint which medications should be prescribed for that patient based on his or her genetic makeup.  This not only makes recovery more likely but also increases the probability that the patient will want to continue the recommended medication regimen.

We are only at the beginning of this very exciting revolution in understanding the relation between genetics and treatment effectiveness, and Star Psychiatric Healthcare will continue to stay at the forefront of its application to patient care.

If you have any questions, please ask your provider.  We are happy to explain this treatment modality with you.