Personalized Medicine

November 1, 2021

For business owners, plan administrators, and sponsors

An innovative program for healthier employees

Personalized Medicine is our new program focused on helping your employees live healthier lives sooner.

What’s this new program about?

This new program combines convenient access to advanced pharmacogenetic testing and pharmacist assistance to help your employees find more effective medication. Finding an effective medication can be a trial-and-error process. This process can take time and sometimes involves side effects. By helping identify more effective medications for patients earlier on, Personalized Medicine can help reduce this trial-and-error period.

Personalized Medicine is offered as an add-on to your Extended Health Care benefits. The pharmacogenetic tests services are provided by Personalized Prescribing Inc. (PPI), a Canadian company.

Who is it for?

Personalized Medicine helps people who are taking or just starting a medication for:

  • mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety
  • chronic pain
  • attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • neurological conditions

The program is available to plan members and any covered family members.

What makes it innovative?

Our program deploys two levels of genetic testing. This allows for more in-depth analysis of what medication may be safe and effective for members. In addition, each patient is assigned a pharmacist who will prepare a report and help them understand the results. Pharmacists are also available to talk to doctors about a medication change. If a patient’s doctor deems a medication change to be appropriate, a pharmacist will follow up with the patient to ensure they’re responding to the change as expected.

Potential for your plan

Based on the results of a two-year pilot, Personalized Medicine has the potential to lead to better health outcomes, as well as reduced absenteeism, disability duration, and costs. 

If you have any questions, or to add coverage to your benefits plan, contact your Manulife representative.

Find out how our new program can help your employees live healthier lives and make your organization stronger.