Frequently Asked Questions for Patients
What are medication monitoring services?
Medication monitoring services involve a process that helps your health care professional understand what medications you are currently taking, which could interfere with newly prescribed medications. The results assist your health care professional to safely prescribe medication as part of your treatment plan.
What is pharmacogenetic testing (PGT)?
Millennium PGTSM is a test designed to predict how you may respond to common medications. Differences in genetic make-up may cause variations in how we respond to medications.
How does medication monitoring help you?
The use of some drugs in combination can be harmful. Medication monitoring helps your health care professional decide on the treatment that is best for you. It can encourage an open discussion with your health care professional about your treatment plan, and can help to keep you safe.
Why utilize medication monitoring services?
Prescription medications are a common form of treatment for chronic pain and other conditions. However, each person reacts differently to them. Medication monitoring services provide your health care professional with essential information for the safe and effective use of your medications and, as appropriate, changes in your treatment plan.
Why perform PGT?
Differences in individual genetic make-up may predict how you will respond to medications. This information may help your health care provider to:
- Prescribe the medication that may be most effective for you.
- Explain why you may benefit from higher or lower doses of a medication.
- Reduce medication interactions.
- Explain side effects that you may be experiencing.
What is involved in the medication monitoring process?
Your health care professional’s office staff will give you directions on how to provide a sample of urine or saliva for testing. Please follow the instructions carefully. The collection device provided by your health care professional may contain instant-read test strips. Please do not tamper with these test strips. Your health care professional’s staff will interpret the preliminary results and may send the sample to an outside laboratory, such as Millennium, for further analysis and/or additional testing.
What is the testing process for PGT?
Your health care professional will give you instructions on how to provide a saliva specimen for testing. Please follow the instructions carefully. Your health care professional will send your specimen to Millennium Laboratories for analysis.
What happens once my specimen is sent to the lab?
The lab will run a series of tests requested by your health care professional, which may include UDT or PGT, to confirm the levels of both prescribed and non-prescribed medication in your system (UDT) and to determine your metabolizer status for each selected gene (PGT). Your health care professional has selected Millennium Laboratories for testing your specimen and may use these test results to personalize your treatment plan.
Are my results confidential?
Millennium Laboratories complies with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and all applicable state privacy regulations.
How often will I be tested?
Your health care professional will determine when you will be tested based on your medical needs.
How do I pay for this test?
The laboratory will bill your insurer directly for its services. Then, your insurance company will send you an Explanation of Benefits (EOB). The EOB is not a bill. It is simply a statement that shows how your insurer processed the claim for the test. Depending on your insurance carrier, you may receive a statement for a co-payment or a deductible. More Patient Billing information.