PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Pharmacogenetics is an important component of precision medicine. Even within the genomic era, several challenges lie ahead in the road towards clinical implementation of pharmacogenetics in the clinic. This review will summarize the current state of knowledge regarding pharmacogenetics of cardiovascular drugs, focusing on those with the most evidence supporting clinical implementation- clopidogrel, warfarin and simvastatin. RECENT FINDINGS: There is limited translation of pharmacogenetics into clinical practice primarily due to the absence of outcomes data from prospective, randomized, genotype-directed clinical trials. There are several ongoing randomized controlled trials that will provide some answers as to the clinical utility of genotype-directed strategies. Several academic medical centers have pushed towards clinical implementation where the clinical validity data are strong. Their experiences will inform operational requirements of a clinical pharmacogenetics testing including the timing of testing, incorporation of test results into the electronic health record, reimbursement and ethical issues. SUMMARY: Pharmacogenetics of clopidogrel, warfarin and simvastatin are three examples where pharmacogenetics testing may provide added clinical value. Continued accumulation of evidence surrounding clinical utility of pharmacogenetics markers is imperative as this will inform reimbursement policy and drive adoption of pharamcogenetics into routine care.