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Me Medicine vs. We MedicineReclaiming Biotechnology for the Common Good$
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Donna Dickenson

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231159753

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231159753.001.0001

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Pharmacogenetics: One Patient, One Drug?

Pharmacogenetics: One Patient, One Drug?

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(p.62) 3 Pharmacogenetics: One Patient, One Drug?
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Me Medicine vs. We Medicine
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Donna Dickenson

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231159753.003.0003

This chapter focuses on the components and implications of pharmacogenetics, which refers to the relationship between heritable variations and individual differences in drug response. Pharmacogenetics aims to alter pharmaceutical patterns in cancer treatment and other branches of medicine in accordance to the patient’s individual genome. Some commentators believe that investment in pharmacogenetics is the most effective way to deliver the public health welfare originally pledged by the Human Genome Project. The chapter aims to devise a balanced judgment about pharmacogenetics, taking into consideration not only the medical evidence but also issues about justice, patenting, and drug rationing—including issues surrounding BiDil, a controversial personalized drug.

Keywords:   pharmacogenetics, individual drug response, cancer treatment, Human Genome Project, justice, patenting, drug rationing, BiDil

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