Genetic test screening for psychiatric medications gaining popularity despite limited studies

The Boston Globe discussed the growing popularity of genetic tests screening for “the most effective psychiatric” medications to treat mental illnesses despite limited studies of their effectiveness. The Globe pointed out that the Food and Drug Administration currently does not regulate such tests, “though that may soon change,” adding that “the Office of the Inspector General for the US Department of Health and Human Services last year singled out compensation agreements related to research studies in a special fraud alert, noting there were growing cases of doctors receiving improper incentives regarding referrals.”

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