precision medicine

noun

plural precision medicines
: a branch of medicine concerned with developing therapies targeted to individuals or particular groups based on their unique genetic, molecular, or phenotypic characteristics
Pharmacogenomics is an emerging field at the heart of precision medicine that uses a person's genetic information to help guide drug selection and dose.Charis Eng et al.
Although precision medicine might make sense for people with certain conditions that are difficult and expensive to treat, such as autoimmune diseases, critics argue that on the whole, simpler approaches to treating disease are better because they cost less and benefit far more patients.Jeneen Interlandi
also : a therapy developed in this manner
The company's immediate focus is to build a registry that will collect the genetic data of kidney disease patients and use it to discover mutations and molecular drivers of the disease that can be treated with precision medicines. Robert Weisman

called also personalized medicine

Examples of precision medicine in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web When asked about its use of precision medicine, AbbVie declined to comment. Tribune News Service, Hartford Courant, 3 Jan. 2024 Treatment Recommendations In treatment recommendations, the emphasis is on precision medicine, predicting what treatment might be beneficial and clearing any ailment. Bankim Chandra, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 Ruth March, AstraZeneca’s senior vice president of precision medicine, said Biobank data had already informed the design of drugs that are moving through the company’s pipeline. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 29 Nov. 2023 Emma West, 29, is harnessing the power of the tissue biopsy to bolster precision medicine with her startup Digital Biology. Katie Jennings, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Much of this comes down to the explosion of available genetic test options and information about precision medicine. Deepti Babu, STAT, 17 Aug. 2023 Improving our understanding of this is our best hope yet of unlocking the dream of precision medicine, whereby each patient will receive a prescription dose tailored to suit their specific genetic makeup. WIRED, 21 Sep. 2023 Founded in 2019 by Arch Venture Partners of Chicago, Neumora came out of stealth mode in 2021 promising to bring precision medicine, used mostly in cancer treatments, to neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders, including depression and other brain diseases. Robert Weisman, BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2023 New precision medicines in oncology have a median price of $150,000 a year, the same annual price that Gleevec reached before its first generic arrived. WIRED, 4 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1992, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of precision medicine was in 1992

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“Precision medicine.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/precision%20medicine. Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

Medical Definition

precision medicine

noun
: a branch of medicine concerned with developing therapies targeted to individuals or particular groups based on their unique genetic, molecular, or phenotypic characteristics
also : a therapy developed in this manner
More than one-quarter (27%) of all new approvals are precision medicines. They rely on biomarker and genetic data to identify a far more targeted patient subpopulation that has a much higher likelihood of responding to a new treatment safely and effectively. Ken Getz, Applied Clinical Trials

called also personalized medicine

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