Some medicine may work better for you - or not work at all. Efficacy of most drugs is remarkably poor - and that's before taking into account pharmaceutical companies only publish positive studies. Across a broad population, some drugs struggle to beat the efficacy of a placebo but may still inflict detrimental side effects.
We're finding more and more that some drugs work better for for people with certain characteristics in their DNA and even gene expression, as well as broader factors such as sex and health. Today, a doctor has to prescribe one drug, wait to see if it works, and then prescribe another one and another one until the most effective drug is found (no fault of the doctor - they have no way of knowing the best match). Soon they will be able to take a one drop of blood, perform an instant analysis, and select the best drug for you. And beyond that, rather than selecting the best matching drug for you, medicines may be designed for you exact condition and tailored perfectly to your individual body.
Personalised Medicine Blog Posts
State of play of single-cell sequencing technology
Labiotech - 14-Oct-2019
Extreme personalised medicine realises there is no such thing as an average cellRead more...
Drug invented for a girl with Batten disease
BBC - 12-Oct-2019
Doctors from Boston sequenced in detail whole genome of Mila and found the disease-causing mutationRead more...
The future of cystic fibrosis can be different thanks to personalized medicine
Cystic Fibrosis News Today - 04-Oct-2019
40% of patients with CF don't respond to treatment because of rare mutationsRead more...