The Gene-Drug Duality: Exploring the Pharmacogenomics of Indigenous Populations

Shivashankar H. Nagaraj, Maree Toombs

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While pharmacogenomic studies have facilitated the rapid expansion of personalized medicine, the benefits of these findings have not been evenly distributed. Genomic datasets pertaining to Indigenous populations are sorely lacking, leaving members of these communities at a higher risk of adverse drug reactions (ADRs), and associated negative outcomes. Australia has one of the largest Indigenous populations in the world. Pharmacogenomic studies of these diverse Indigenous Australian populations have been hampered by a paucity of data. In this article, we discuss the history of pharmacogenomics and highlight the inequalities that must be addressed to ensure equal access to pharmacogenomic-based healthcare. We also review efforts to conduct the pharmacogenomic profiling of chronic diseases among Australian Indigenous populations and survey the impact of the lack of drug safety-related information on potential ADRs among individuals in these communities.

Original languageEnglish
Article number687116
Pages (from-to)1-6
Number of pages6
JournalFrontiers in Genetics
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2021
Externally publishedYes


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