Avera Health, a network of hospitals, clinics, and nursing homes serving South Dakota and surrounding regions, has launched a pilot project to use pharmacogenetic testing to personalize pain medications in orthopedic patients.

After researching the genetic underpinnings of drug response for several years, the Avera Institute for Human Genetics decided in mid-December to begin offering PGx testing for pain medications given the variable responses patients have to such drugs.

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