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Royal Society predicts that personalised medicines are still decades away

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 22 September 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:656
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    The clinical use of personalised medicines, where patients are prescribed treatments based on their genetic make-up, will not occur for at least another 15-20 years, according to a report published this week by the Royal Society, the UK's national academy of science.

    The report was developed by a Royal Society working group to provide a balanced assessment of the future potential and limitations of pharmacogenetics—how genetic make-up affects response to medicines.

    The group heard evidence from a wide range of organisations and individuals, in addition to views from three public workshops. It concluded that pharmacogenetics has a promising future but that it will …

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