“Personalized medicine” for human and veterinary starts long before the individualized drug molecule. At the same time, monitoring a drug level and thus determining the daily dose is very difficult.
“Children are not small adults”
This statement from pharmacology has almost become a truism. However, not only the physical stage of development, but also many other factors have an effect on how a drug works in an individuum. Gender, age, weight or even the personal metabolism determine which dose is necessary for an optimal effect. While it may not be a problem with aspirin or a diarrhea medication if it is a little too much or too little, the situation is quite different with cytostatics or antibiotics, which are highly effective but can also have severe side effects.
Until now, no simple POCT method is available for determining the drug in doctor’s offices.