1. Alternative Therapy for Pain: Fighting the Opioid Crisis
Declared a public health emergency, the opioid crisis is the most urgent of matters. Today, chronic pain is the leading cause of opioid prescription, and though several clinically validated alternative therapies for chronic pain exist, none have answered the call of the crisis.
Now, true innovation and hope comes by way of pharmacogenomic testing. Able to predict patient response to opioid drugs, pharmacogenomic testing has the ability to protect against adverse reactions and eliminate unnecessary prescription.
In 2019, with increased access to genetic testing, pharmacogenomics is poised to make significant inroads into precision medicine and an end to the crisis.