Sanford Health partners with V.A. to offer genetic testing

Sanford Health is partnering with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to offer free genetic testing to U.S. veterans.

Sanford Health says the testing should lower costs related to adverse reactions to medications.

The genetic test results can help medical professionals make better decisions when choosing what medication and what dose works best for a person.

"Veterans that are cancer survivors there's a lot of different medications that they could be on that they could require and what this pharmagenetic panel can do is make sure that some of the chemotherapy medication so that they don't get a toxic level, and then have long term life long complications from that toxic level of chemotherapy agent," said Dr. Allison Suttle, Sanford Health.

It comes from a $25 million donation from Denny Sanford and a matching donation from Sanford Health.

Pilot site will begin enrolling cancer survivors in Durham, N.C. Sanford says it hopes to expand to 250,000 veterans at 125 sites by 2020.