Non-invasive drugs -of- abuse testing
In order to be effective, drugs testing should cause minimum distress to donors and operators. Argentic’s new ‘PharmChek™’ sweat collection patch service removes the concerns regarding hygiene and invasiveness when using urine, saliva and hair as drug test sampling methods.
The discrete collection patch is worn over a 2 >10 day period to enable the most appropriate sample collection window for the client need. The patch is unique in that it is tamper-evident and adulteration is not possible. In addition, sample dilution by drinking large volumes has no effect on the concentration of drug in the collected sample.
At the end of the period the patch is removed and sent under chain-of -custody to Argentic’s testing laboratory for analysis. Samples are screened for the presence of drugs, and any positives are confirmed by LC/MS/MS. The system delivers legally defensible results in a rapid turnaround time of 2 working days. Client results may be accessed remotely and securely via the internet.
Argentic’s ‘PharmChek’ patch collection and analysis service currently identifies the use of the following drugs:
Primary uses of the ‘PharmChek’ patch system : –
Cost and time savings have been made as a result of decreased testing frequency and reduced sample collection time.
Sweat collection patches offer a valuable alternative to blood sampling in areas such as cytokine research, where studies have shown good correlation with serum levels.
Patches also offer significant advantages for ambulatory or long term sample collection.