个性化用药:希望还是炒作?

斯坦福——在过去几十年中,对多种病情的诊疗开始从“万能方法”朝个性化方法转变。结果,越来越多的病人能够获得与其基因构造或其具体病症最为契合的药物。这使得医生得以避免开出可能对特定人群产生严重副作用的药方(或剂量)。

换句话说,即使是显然患有相同疾病、出现相同症状的患者,每个人的治疗方案也将由诸多预报性检查决定。这些检查可能会深及具体患者癌细胞的DNA序列。

但是,尽管这一高科技方法能给患者带来福音,却不利于制药公司的利润。其中的原因相当微妙。

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