Over-the-Counter Genetic Tests, Patients Give False Information, and Caffeine Makes Everything Tastes Better

Genetic tests to hit drugstore shelves. Experts don’t like it.

Patients give false information in emergency rooms: “Only 42 percent could be successfully contacted using the number provided [and] nearly 28 percent of the patients gave wrong or disconnected numbers.” (HT to KevinMD.com)

Everything tastes better with caffeine. Especially when you’re caffeine-deprived.

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  1. Ken says:

    I already knew that everything tastes better with caffeine.

  2. Vicki says:

    Do you suppose that a lot of people give false information in the emergency room because they are in the country illegally?

  3. Bruce says:

    Vicki, also they may be people who do not intend to pay their medical bill.

  4. Devon Herrick says:

    Intentionally leaving bogus contact information, for the specific purpose of making it difficult to collect payment, should be treated as fraud.

    A couple years ago — Earl Simmons, the rap music artist known as DMX — was arrested in Phoenix after using a stolen (or fraudulent) identity to receive free medical care at an emergency room. He reportedly was trying to dodge a $7,500 medical bill.

  5. Virginia says:

    Once again, the FDA is trying to take power out of the hands of consumers. If I care enough to do a genetic test, then I probably care enough to learn about the validity of the test and the implications of false negatives or positives. I think a $30 kit and a $250 test is relatively inexpensive compared to a visit with a genetic counselor and a doctor. I would buy it.

  6. Linda Gorman says:

    The FDA is going after Walgreens even though it explicitly does not have any jurisdiction over the tests that Walgreens is selling.

  7. Devon Herrick says:

    Coffee definitely tasts better with caffeine.