The future may be closer than you think: a response from the Personalized Medicine Coalition to the Royal Society's report on personalized medicine.
A recent report from the British Royal Society on the prospects for personalized medicine provides a sobering assessment of the field and its prospects. The report contends that pharmacogenetics has little clinical relevance at the moment and will only progress with the completion of large, cumbersome clinical trials. The report goes on to note that the regulatory infrastructure, medical education initiatives and public deliberation necessary to make personalized medicine a reality are essentially nonexistent, at least so far. In our view, personalized medicine is much more than a hypothetical protocol designed to correlate genotypes with prescriptions. We argue that the development of personalized medicine is a broader phenomenon that is already being practiced in one form or another in many contexts. Both academic medicine and the pharmaceutical industry have a huge stake in bringing pharmacogenetic-based personalized medicine to fruition; we expect both entities to act as drivers of what will be a long-term, iterative process.
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