August 12, 2020

THE LINCOLN STAR

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El Sereno’s MedSsupport Community Outreach – A Non Profit improving safety and effectiveness of your medications

Here’s a first in the rapidly-developing field of pharmacogenomics testing. Med Ssupport Community Outreach, a non-profit arm of Portola Pharmacy, founded by Geneva Chen Pharm D PhD in El Sereno announced that it would offer a free pharmacogenomics test to Medi-CAL patients suffering from depression and other mental health issues. This is a development that will catch the attention of psychiatrists and mental health professionals at other hospitals across North East Los Angeles.If you have been diagnosed with depression and failed at least one medication, consider reaching out to MedSsupport Community Outreach. MedSsupport Community Outreach will acquire you a psychotropic pharmacogenomic test that analyzes clinically important genetic variations in your DNA. The results of the test can inform your doctors and pharmacists about genes that may impact how you metabolize or respond to certain medications and thus help identify medications and dosages that will be most effective and least toxic to you.Contact Geneva Chen @ 323-441-0751, Portola Pharmacy 3408 N Eastern Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032

How Much Does It Cost? Free

Thanks to the generous donation by Dr.Diana ShuLian Chow, Ph.D., FNAIPaula & John J Lovoi Endowed Professor in Drug Discovery and Development Professor of Pharmaceutics, Director, Institute for Drug Education and Research (IDER)University of Houston, College of Pharmacy. Med Ssupport Community Outreach will cover all the costs, including a one-hour consultation session with a pharmacist certified in Pharmacogenomics, for the first 20 qualifying patients.

How is testing carried out – simple, fast and efficient

First, our pharmacist conducts a comprehensive review on your current medications and medication history. The pharmacist will identify a certified genetic clinical laboratory and test panel specific for your psychiatric conditions. The pharmacist will then coordinate with you and the pharmacogenomics test laboratory to get the test ordered by your health care provider (primary care physician or psychiatrist).Then, your health care provider will collect a buccal (cheek) swab from you. No blood draw is needed. Your sample will be placed in a pre-addressed envelope to be sent to the laboratory.

Many patients who have been tested have been found to carry a genetic change that could affect medication selection or dosing. Test results are shared with your doctors and pharmacists through the electronic medical record to ensure efficiency and accuracy in choosing treatments.After receiving your report from the laboratory, our pharmacist will interpret and analyze the report to determine which gene variations will impact treatment outcomes. For patients starting out treatment on psychiatric disorder or in the process of changing medications, we can make science-based predictions on which medications will be most suitable for your condition, avoiding months of trial and error in a traditional treatment process.If you are interested, please contact Geneva Chen @ 323-441-0751, Portola Pharmacy 3408 N Eastern Ave,Los Angeles, CA 90032

Fighting Mental Health Post COVID-19

MENTAL HEALTH12JULY – AUGUST 2020Here’s a first in the rapidly-developing field of pharmacogenomics testing. MedSsupport Community Outreach, a non-profit arm of Portola Pharmacy, founded by Geneva Chen Pharm D PhD in El Sereno announced that it would offer a free pharmacogenomics test to Medi-CAL patients suffering from depression and other mental health issues. This is a development that will catch the attention of psychiatrists and mental health professionals at other hospitals across North East Los Angeles.If you have been diagnosed with depression and failed at least one medication, consider reaching out to MedSsupport Community Outreach. MedSsupport Community Outreach will acquire you a psychotropic pharmacogenomic test that analyzes clinically important genetic variations in your DNA. The results of the test can inform your doctors and pharmacists about genes that may impact how you metabolize or respond to certain medications and thus help identify medications and dosages that will be most effective and least toxic to you.Contact Geneva Chen @ 323-441-0751, Portola Pharmacy 3408 N Eastern Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032Americans are reporting significant and sustained increases in symptoms of depression and anxiety due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We are providing genetic testing to enable physicians to prescribe the most effective medication for individual patients while minimizing the risk of adverse effects. By using genetic testing, physicians are well-equipped to respond effectively to COVID-19

What is this program about?

Fighting Mental Illness Post Covid-19 is a program to treat mental illness via precision/personalized medicine. We provide free genetic testing to underserved patients. The genetic testing will help physicians select the most effective treatment, avoiding months of trial-and-error in a traditional treatment plan.

About Dr. Geneva Chen

Dr. Chen has had extensive training in pharmacy compounding and consulting, and has also worked as a research scientist and pharmacy college professor. She is highly dedicated to her patients and practice, working closely with physicians and patients to achieve excellent results for each custom-made prescription.Dr. Chen has won several awards, including the 2015 “Pharmacist of the Year,” presented by the San Gabriel Valley Pharmacist Association. Dr. Chen has also been invited to present her research to professional associations, such as the American Association for Cancer Research, and has published articles in such prestigious journals as Pharmaceutical Research and the American Journal of Pharmacy Educator.

Portola Pharmacy & Stat MedLab is offering Rapid Covid-19 Testing :

1. PCR 2. Antibody

How Much Does it Cost? Free.

Thanks to the generous donation by Dr. Diana Shu-Lian Chow, Ph.D., FNAI, Paula & John J Lovoi Endowed Professor of Pharmaceutics, Director , Institute for Drug Education and Research (IDER), University of Houston, College of Pharmacy, MedSupport Community Outreach will cover all costs, including a one-hour consultation session with a pharmacist certified in Pharmacogenomics for the first 20 qualifying patients

What is the impact of the test? -avoid months of trial and error.

Many patients tested have been found to carry genetic variations that could affect medication selection and dosing. Test results will provide your physicians information on your genetic information, medications and dosing that will work for you. The more targeted medications and dosing will be more efficacious, meanwhile minimizing side effects. Best of all, months of trial and error will be avoided.

 

Genetic-guided treatment will reduce acute and long-term adverse events and optimize response rates by using genetic information to match medications to individual patients. The program is comprised of patient interview and screening, genetic testing, patient counseling, and reporting to prescribing physicians. Services will be provided by pharmacists certified in pharmacogenomics.

What Services Are Included?

Patient screening (performed by pharmacists)-history takingTest ordering-determine suitable test panelGenetic testingPatient consultationPocket-sized report card given to patientsProfessional report sent to prescribing physicians

If you are interested, please contact Christopher Chen at 323-441-0751, MedSupport Community Outreach, PortolaPharmacy 3408 N Eastern Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90032

About MedSupport Community Outreach

Merdsupport Community Outreach is a non-profit organization founded in May 2019 by Dr. Geneva Chen. Our mission is to provide pharmaceutical care to underserved communities. The purpose of our organization is to provide medication, health screening, immunization and testing to improve the health of patients we serve. Please consider donating to MedSupport by calling Dr. Geneva Chen at 323-441-0751.

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