FDA Warns about Unapproved Genetic Testing

The fruit fly, drosophila melanogaster, is primarily known as a kitchen pest. But its short lifecycle and prodigious rate of reproduction have made it a favorite for genetic research, including the massive Human Genome Project (HGP).

The fly’s genes were studied and mapped back in the early 1900s, but it was not until the 1990s that international collaboration allowed the mapping all human genes, collectively known as the human “genome.” The project, completed in 2003, identified over 20,000 human genes.

Since 2003, this new data has allowed genetic research and genetic counseling to blossom. It has also produced a new industry: over-the-counter genetic testing. With just a small sample of genetic material, usually obtained through a swab of saliva, a variety of companies will sell you a “genetically-based prediction” of your response to a variety of medications. There’s just one problem: the tests are not necessarily accurate.

While one day we may be able to find out useful information about our health at low cost, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warns that today is not that day.

The FDA published an alert to consumers and clinicians that the agency has not reviewed many of the claims made by genetic laboratories, and that many of those claims are not backed by scientific evidence. The FDA warns that people who rely on these tests may make “inappropriate treatment decisions with potentially serious health consequences,” and recommends that no one change their medication based on an over-the-counter genetic test.

The FDA further announced that they are investigating developers who use misleading advertising to sell genetic tests. The agency requests that anyone who has had an issue with any laboratory test file a report via Medwatch, the FDA’s Safety Information and Adverse Event Reporting Program.

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