Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to questions you may have about providing the study with a blood sample for genetic research.

Q1: Why do you need to do a genetic study? Why do you need to look at my genes?

A1: Not many people develop a liver problem from taking a medication, and why anyone does at all is unclear. Two people may take the same medication, yet only one will have a liver injury. Why? We are not sure, but we believe their genetic traits differ, allowing one person to have a problem and the other not to. The only way we can test this is to look for differences in genetic patterns.

Q2: Do I have to participate in the genetic testing part of the study?

A2: Yes, having your blood sample drawn is a requirement of the study. This part of the study is vital to helping us understand why liver injuries occur. Remember that you do not have to participate in this study. Your participation is voluntary and you may refuse to participate or withdraw your consent to participate at any time.

Q3: Will I receive any results from the genetic testing?

A3: No, you will not receive your individual results.

Q4: What will happen to my sample? What will be done with the test results?

A4: The sample will be stored as long as possible. Blood samples will be stored anonymously and your name or anything that could identify you will not be available. Testing will be analyzed to look for answers to our questions. We will analyze group test results for patterns.

Q5: Who gets my results?

A5: Results will go to the doctors participating in the study so they can look for patterns among all results.

Q6: What is the process to withdraw my blood samples from the database?

A6: You can withdraw your blood samples at any time during the study by putting your request in writing and sending it to your study contact.