Limit workplace liability and employee costs. Ideal for nursing/physician workplace testing. Well-suited for treatment admittance and monitoring. Determine compliance of pain medication patient. Fast turn-around time from receipt of specimen (48 hours, 2 negative, 72 hours positive). Easy to interpret drug and alcohol toxicology reports. Simply locate, view, print and save donor results. Access monthly reports, drug statistics, and more. Examine donor reports and save them securely within the system.
Most people take prescription medications responsibly; however, an estimated 48 million people have used prescription drugs for non-medical reasons. This represents approximately 20% of the U.S. population. The liability issue is tremendous and may damage the lives of employees or patients, your facility’s reputation, and revenue.
Now your agency has the opportunity to choose a new testing option from ASAP Lab Corp. The solution is Comprehensive Drug Testing, detecting a wide-range of prescriptions, illicit drugs and alcohol in urine.
A prescription drug (also prescription medication or prescription medicine) is a licensed medicine that is regulated by legislation to require a medical prescription before it can be obtained. The term is used to distinguish it from over-the-counter drugs that can be obtained without a prescription. Different jurisdictions have different definitions of what constitutes a prescription drug. “Rx” is often used as a short form for prescription drug in North America. It is an abbreviation for the Latin “recipe”, an imperative form of “recipere”, meaning “take”. Prescription drugs are often dispensed together with a monograph (in Europe, a Patient Information Leaflet or PIL) that gives detailed information about the drug.
In the United States, the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act defines what requires a prescription. In general, prescription drugs are authorized by veterinarians, dentists, optometrists, medical practitioners and advanced practice nurses. In general, it is required that an MD, DO, PA, OD, DPM, NMD, ND, DVM, DDS, or DMD, some psychologists (see medical psychology), clinical pharmacists, nurse practitioners, and other APRNs write the prescription. Basic-level registered nurses, medical assistants, emergency medical technicians, most psychologists and social workers do not have the authority to prescribe drugs.
Congress enacted the Controlled Substances Act (CSA) was enacted into law in 1970. The CSA is the federal U.S. drug policy under which the manufacture, importation, possession, use and distribution of certain substances is regulated. The legislation created five Schedules (classifications), with varying qualifications for a substance to be included in each. The safety and effectiveness of prescription drugs in the US is regulated by the federal Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is charged with implementing this law. The package insert for a prescription drug contains information about the intended effect of the drug and how it works in the body. It also contains information about side effects, how a patient should take the drug, and cautions for its use, including warnings about allergies.
As a general rule, over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are used to treat conditions not necessarily requiring care from a healthcare professional and have been proven to meet higher safety standards for self-medication by patients. Often a lower strength of a drug will be approved for OTC use, whereas higher strengths require a prescription to be obtained; a notable case is ibuprofen, which has been widely available as an OTC pain killer since the mid-1980s but is still available by prescription in doses up to four times the OTC dose for use in cases of severe pain not adequately controlled by the lower, OTC strength.