Premier Biotech’s Oral Fluid Drug Testing Device Granted FDA Clearance

MINNESOTA: On February 2, 2018, Premier Biotech Inc. was granted a coveted 510(k) clearance for the following drugs Amphetamine, Cocaine, Marijuana, Methamphetamine, Opiates and Phencyclidine from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for OralTox, its flagship, patented rapid oral fluid drug screen device. A FDA 510(k) clearance is a significant achievement as it paves the way for distribution and utilization in clinical markets and allows for further expansion in the employment sector.

The Minnesota-based manufacturer of rapid drug testing devices designed, developed and manufactures the OralTox screening device. OralTox can simultaneously detect up to 12 drugs. The use of oral fluid as a testing matrix offers numerous benefits over urine testing: the process is less invasive, the collection can be fully observed without privacy concerns, tests can be administered without the need for specialized collection facilities and, most significantly, is resistant to adulteration. Premier Biotech’s laboratory is uniquely positioned to offer LC-MS/MS confirmations of presumptive positive results as well as a comprehensive test panel.

Premier Biotech has extensive experience working with corporate workplace customers and government agencies to expedite their drug screening processes with fast, accurate drug tests. After rigorous precision, safety, and efficacy review, the FDA’s 510(k) clearance of OralTox enables the implementation of a rapid oral fluid drug test in the clinical market. OralTox is the only FDA-cleared, rapid oral fluid drug test capable of being sent to a lab for confirmation. OralTox can help medical professionals including treatment providers, behavioral health centers, and pain clinics test for illicit substance use and medication compliance. OralTox also equips corporations throughout the United States to make immediate hiring decisions and facilitates expedited client interactions in the criminal justice industry.

Todd Bailey, CEO, states, “Premier Biotech was founded with the goal of designing, developing and commercializing drug testing devices that represent the highest quality and most reliable results. With the clearance of OralTox, we can offer expertise in oral fluid drug testing, giving corporations and clinical groups alike an effective way to quickly screen and identify illicit substance use or monitoring the utilization of prescribed medications.”

Facts About Urine Drug Testing Procedure

Just like its name suggests, urine drug testing procedures test the urine for any traces of substance abuse. The procedure is quick and painless, as it simply requires you to provide your urine as a sample for the test. Using this sample, your urine can be tested for alcohol, cocaine, amphetamines, marijuana, opioids (narcotics), PCP, and benzodiazepines.

A lot of companies these days are requiring their employees to go through drug testing procedures. One of the main reasons why this is done is because a good number of states mandated to drug test workers. However, it’s not all about that because there are also certain policies that protect the privacy of the tested person. Nevertheless, if you are required to take a drug test by a potential employer or for any other reason, it’s important that you know what to expect from the procedure.

Types of Urine Drug Tests

Today, there are two different types of urine drug tests. Immunoassay is the first test type which is a cost-effective drug test that yields results quickly. There are, however, drawbacks to using this kind of urine test. This is because the test sometimes gives out a false positive result, wherein the test brings a positive result for drugs even though the person is not taking any drugs. This is due to medicinal residue left in the system that can trigger drug tests in numerous ways. When this happens, you’ll have to retake the test again.

Once the drug test comes out positive but you deny using any drugs, you’ll be required to take the second urine drug test type known as gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). The second test uses the same urine specimen as the first test. These tests are usually more expensive and could take longer to produce test results. On the plus side though is that they rarely give out any false positives.

Taking the Urine Test

No matter what drug you’re testing for, taking a urine test at the lab and at home basically follow the same process – you urinate into a cup. At home, you’d need a specimen container and a drug testing kit to administer the test. At the lab, the following steps normally take place:

  • You will receive a specimen cup from the person administering the test
  • You will have to leave behind your belongings in another room as you take the test. There are some instances wherein you may be required to change into a hospital gown so you can easily take the test.
  • To make sure that you don’t try to skew the test results, a nurse or a technician may accompany you into the bathroom.
  • Before starting, make sure to clean your genital area with the provided moist cloth.
  • Start urinating into the toilet, as you would normally do.
  • While you are urinating, make sure to catch sample into the cup midstream. Don’t let the cup touch your genital area.
  • When done, put a lid on the cup. Bring it to the technician so it can be processed.

Test Results

Once you have supplied your specimen sample, the technician or nurse will inform you of when your test results will be available. With the use of an Immunoassay test, you should be able to get your results right away. In the event that your test results to positive for illegal drugs you haven’t taken make sure you request for a GC/MS test right away.

Ronda Rousey Takes Stand Against Drug Testing For Marijuana

NEVADA: Ronda Rousey is standing up to the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) after they decided on Monday to suspend UFC fighter Nick Diaz for five years for a positive marijuana test.

I’m sorry, but it’s so not right for him to be suspended five years for marijuana,” Rousey said on Wednesday at a UFC press conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Diaz’s suspension is a result of him testing positive for marijuana for a third time. Lots of people think the suspension is ridiculous. But Rousey, a close friend of Diaz’s, took it one step further on Wednesday, saying she doesn’t think marijuana use should be penalized at all.

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Workplace Drug Testing Evolving In The Age Of Legalized Marijuana

COLORADO:  For the first time in a decade, employees are testing positive for marijuana at a higher rate nationwide, especially in Colorado.

According to Jenny Dudikoff, a spokesperson for Quest Diagnostics, positive testing for marijuana for regularly tested employees in Colorado increased by 20 percent. The growth was even greater in Washington, the only other state to have legalized recreational use. Employees there showed a 23 percent increase.

Quest is a workplace drug testing service. They analyze employees for a wide range of substances using several methods, including urine, spit and hair. But the increased marijuana results were not limited to so-called green states. Nationwide, Quest found a 6.2 increase in marijuana use.

“Washington and Colorado are believed by many to foreshadow future trends in recreational marijuana use,” said Barry Sample, Quest’s director of science and technology. “While Quest’s drug testing index shows dramatic spikes in marijuana positivity rates over the past year, a longer view of the data suggests a more complex picture.”

 

Puff, Puff, Pink Slip: Legal Weed Use Still Carries Job Risk

WASHINGTON: You’re not being paranoid: Even in Washington and Colorado, smoking a legal joint after work could still get an employee fired.

The whirlwind firing-turned-rehiring of a tie-dye-bedecked marijuana buyer in Spokane last week – followed by an admission Friday by Seattle’s City Attorney that he took pot to work – only clouded chronic confusion among many workers in the two pot-friendly states who ask if their legal-weed rights trump an employer’s cannabis policies.

The answer, for now, remains utterly non-hazy: No.

Workers still can be booted –- or never hired in the first place –- for puffing cannabis if anti-pot rules exist in their employers’ HR handbooks. So, if adults in Colorado and Washington legally consume weed after work, away from the job site or the office, they must remain mindful of the drug rules at the shops and offices where they ply their trades, according to labor-law experts in both states.

“Employers do hold all the cards. You’re not guaranteed a job. If not using marijuana is in the contract, or in the terms of the job, you can get fired,” said David Rheins, CEO of the Seattle-based Marijuana Business Association, considered the cannabis industry’s chamber of commerce.

WA Parolees To Get Right To Smoke Pot

WASHINGTON: Washington’s Department of Corrections is planning to allow parolees to smoke marijuana starting next week, KING 5 News has confirmed.

The policy will permit the state’s 14,000 parolees to consume marijuana like any other Washington citizen under I-502, the legalization initiative passed by voters in 2012.

We’re putting some changes into effect so that we won’t routinely test offenders in the community for THC,” said Annmarie Aylward, DOC’s assistant secretary.

THC is the compound in marijuana that produces the high sought by users. The Corrections Department currently tests parolees‘ urine for traces of six types of drugs. But the test for THC will stop as of June 1.

Why Legal Marijuana Use Can Get You Fired

If marijuana use is legal in your state, or if you have a legal prescription for medical marijuana, are you safe from being fired? The short answer is no. Worse, if you work for a legal marijuana dispensary, you can still be convicted of a crime for doing your job.

Why? There are two big reasons legal marijuana use can get you fired:

  1. Federal law: Marijuana use is still illegal under federal law. Although the feds are slowly backing off enforcement of some laws that targeted marijuana sales and marijuana use, people are still getting prosecuted. Federal employment laws haven’t caught up with state laws, even for medical marijuana use. If you have a disability that is protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act, right now that law doesn’t protect you. [Read more…]

Why Legal Marijuana Use Can Get You Fired

If marijuana use is legal in your state, or if you have a legal prescription for medical marijuana, are you safe from being fired? The short answer is no. Worse, if you work for a legal marijuana dispensary, you can still be convicted of a crime for doing your job.

Why? There are two big reasons legal marijuana use can get you fired:

  1. Federal law: Marijuana use is still illegal under federal law. Although the feds are slowly backing off enforcement of some laws that targeted marijuana sales and marijuana use, people are still getting prosecuted. Federal employment laws haven’t caught up with state laws, even for medical marijuana use. If you have a disability that is protected under the Americans With Disabilities Act, right now that law doesn’t protect you. [Read more…]

D.C. Council Member Wants Marijuana Testing Banned From The Hiring Process

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA:  Mayoral candidate and Council member Vincent Orange (D-At-Large) wants to amend a measure currently under consideration by the D.C. Council to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana to prohibit testing for marijuana by potential employers.

Orange has proposed an amendment to the “Simple Possession of Small Quantities Of Marijuana Decriminalization Amendment Act of 2013,” a bill introduced on July 10, 2013. The measure would make possession of less than an ounce of marijuana subject to a fine instead of criminal consequences. [Read more…]

Rules change on Olympic marijuana testing

It’s been 15 years since Ross Rebagliati won snowboarding’s first Olympic gold medal at the 1998 Winter Games — and then nearly lost that medal after he tested positive for marijuana.

Since then, the drug has become an integral part of Rebagliati’s life. Next month Rebagliati will open a medicinal marijuana dispensary in Whistler, British Columbia, called “Ross’ Gold.” The Canadian has also become a public face for pot-smoking athletes around the globe. [Read more…]