Towards precision medicine

The legal and ethical challenges of pharmacogenomics

Authored by: Gratien Dalpé , Yann Joly

Routledge Handbook of Medical Law and Ethics

Print publication date:  August  2014
Online publication date:  September  2014

Print ISBN: 9780415628181
eBook ISBN: 9780203796184
Adobe ISBN: 9781134448654


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Physicians have always explored new ways of making more accurate diagnoses and better drug prescriptions. Since the mid-nineteenth century, evidence-based medicine has supported healthcare decisions by combining the physician’s expertise and judgment with the best clinical evidence from scientific research pertinent to a patient’s health (Sackett 1997). With such an approach, physicians can obtain more precise diagnoses centered on their patients’ personal characteristics. This practice is thought to lead to the discovery of more efficient prognosis markers and to the development of safe and efficient therapeutics.

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