Personalized medicine should be basis of pandemic strategy

Personalized medicine should be basis of pandemic strategy

Note that views expressed in this opinion article are the writer’s personal views and not necessarily those of TrialSite.

Joel S. Hirschhorn

This article defines a more effective public health strategy for the current COVID pandemic.  The core issue is that there is a huge array of reactions to both COVID infections and vaccines based on diverse biology, genetics and medical conditions of individuals.  Missing from current policy is recognition and support of personalized medical methods.

First, medical history tells us the wisdom of making the medicine fit the person. This is the cornerstone of what is called personalized or individualized medicine.  Good physicians also find the combination of drugs to best address an illness or disease.  This contrasts with mass use of off-the-shelf, one-size-fits all drugs.  Proposed here is an approach to tailor or fine tune medical solutions to individual biologic and genetic characteristics, and personal medical needs and circumstances.

As an example of how trying to get the public to accept a mass medicine is the case of seasonal flu vaccines.  A la...

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