According to a significant report, we now have the technology to change the face of medicine by correctly matching drugs to people’s genetic code. As a result of tiny changes in how our bodies function, certain medications become ineffective or even hazardous.

Based on the British Pharmacological Society and the Royal College of Physicians, a genetic test can predict how effectively medications will work in your body. Next year, the tests may be available on the National Health Service (NHS). Pharmacogenomics is the study of matching medicine to your DNA.

Prof. Sir Munir Pirmohamed of the University of Liverpool feels that we need to move away from the “one drug, one dose fits all” approach and toward a more personalized approach in which patients are given the proper treatment at the right dose to improve medicine effectiveness and safety. He claims that by the time we’re 70, we’ll almost certainly be taking at least one drug that is influenced by our genetic makeup.