Drug Screening in Pain Management Practices: Choosing a Reference Laboratory

Welcome back to our continuing series designed to provide you with information on urine drug screening in pain management practices. Choosing a reference laboratory to compliment your in-house testing can be a challenge. Regardless of the level of testing performed in-house, the selection of a reference laboratory to provide supplemental and or confirmation testing requires some investigation and diligence. One important aspect to pay particular attention to is the test menu; many reference laboratory representatives will present you with a test menu that may exceed your needs. There are many urine drug tests available, some of which you may not wish to include in your testing menu. Insist on creating a custom test profile, choosing the tests you desire to utilize when testing your patients, as well as the type of testing performed. There currently are no consistent regulations or requirements regarding supplemental or confirmation testing for urine drug screening, so insure that your referen...

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Embracing Pain Medicine

An Introduction to a five part series focusing on urine drug testing topics of interest to pain medicine practices. According to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics, car accidents are no longer the leading cause of accidental deaths in the United States. In CDC's recent report, this dubious distinction now belongs to drug poisoning. What's at the root of this trend? A river of prescription painkillers. This article describes the dramatic increase in deaths from prescription medication. With this dramatic news, I have teamed with POR to arrange this series of articles to help educate pain medicine practices. As a Florida licensed, nationally certified medical technologist with thirty plus years of experience, I have the pleasure of working with many medical practices as a Laboratory consultant as well as continuing to work PRN in the hospital clinical laboratory. I developed and taught a Phlebotomy and Medical Laboratory Technician program at Community Technical and Adult Education...

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