Washington, DC, August 7, 2010 The American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) announces the publication of Laboratory Medicine Practice Guidelines (LMPG) on Laboratory Analysis and Application of Pharmacogenetics to Clinical Practice by the National Academy of Clinical Biochemistry (NACB) the Academy of AACC.
The LMPG establishes guidelines for applying pharmacogenetics (PGx) in the practice of laboratory medicine, presenting evidence supporting the application of PGx testing to general clinical practice and specific areas of medical practice. Guidance is provided for PGx testing in specific clinical settings; defines potential links in the roles of PGx and therapeutic drug monitoring in clinical settings; formulates recommended guidelines for clinical laboratories introducing pharmacogenetic tests; and provides in vitro diagnostic companies guidance on clinical assays and their performance characteristics in PGx testing.
Roland Valdes, Chair of the Guidelines Committee team and past Chair of AACC’s Personalized Medicine Advisory Group commented, “these guidelines are a major milestone for the Academy and practitioners of laboratory medicine, physicians and their patients in that they establish a framework on which to build a direction for the application of pharmacogenetics to patient care thus bringing us closer to enabling the practice of personalized medicine”. Dr. Valdes, who is Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, added that “the team of dedicated practitioners worked diligently to make this possible with input from many individuals in this discipline”.
Since 1994, NACB has developed consensus-based guidelines for the laboratory evaluation and monitoring of patients with specified disorders. After a series of public presentations and reviews designed to reach consensus among the experts, the guidelines are published online. Several LMPGs have been translated into other languages, which include French, Italian, Japanese, Polish, and Spanish. NACB’s guidelines are available online at no cost; print versions are available for purchase through AACC Press.
For more information about AACC, NACB, or LMPGs, contact Peter Patterson on either of the above phone numbers or at email@example.com.