Is personalized medicine achievable in obstetrics?

Sara K. Quinney, Avinash S. Patil, David A. Flockhart

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Personalized medicine seeks to identify the right dose of the right drug for the right patient at the right time. Typically, individualization of therapy is based on the pharmacogenomic makeup of the individual and environmental factors that alter drug disposition and response. In addition to these factors, during pregnancy, a woman's body undergoes many changes that can impact the therapeutic efficacy of medications. Yet, there is minimal research regarding personalized medicine in obstetrics. Adoption of pharmacogenetic testing into the obstetrical care is dependent on evidence of analytical validity, clinical validity, and clinical utility. Here, we briefly present information regarding the potential utility of personalized medicine for treating the obstetric patient for pain with narcotics, hypertension, and preterm labor, and discuss the impediments of bringing personalized medicine to the obstetrical clinic.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)534-540
Number of pages7
JournalSeminars in Perinatology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014


  • Medications
  • Obstetrics
  • Personalized medicine
  • Pharmacogenetics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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