We have testing kits at available at our clinic in Iraq where you can get tested and our staff will send it back to our lab here in U.S. You get your results within 2-3 weeks.
There is no special handling necessary. Once the sample is collected it is stable for 60 days, though the sooner it gets back to our lab the better. The solution/buccal swab is stable in both hot and cold temperatures, so there is no need to return cooled or anything like that.
The test is done with a special Q-tip to swab the cheeks. There is not needles or blood work involved. This video shows how the test is done.
I am a certified pharmacogenomic clinical pharmacist . I go over patient's medications and health history before we do the testing and answer any questions and concerns that the patient may have. We then communicate the results of the test directly to the client's physician along with our recommendations and interpretation of 30 plus pages of the report in one page summary.
People response to medications differently based on their genetic makeup. With a simple swab test we can provider recommendations to the provider for the right drug for a patient with the right dose right from the start. This ensures the maximum efficacy of a medication while minimizing side effects. It helps avoid the trial-and-error in current prescribing model.