NexScreen News

Oral Fluid Laboratory Transportation

For the TCube device any non-negatives need to be collected with an Intercept Device and sent off to Alere Laboratories. Please find the instructions for us at Intercept-Collection-Device-PI-ENG

First Drug Which Contains Marijuana Approved by FDA

The FDA has approved a purified form of the drug cannabidiol (CBD) to treat severe forms of epilepsy in patients older than two. In FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb M.D. statement he mentions “This is an important medical advance. But it’s also important to note that this is not an approval

January 2018 POCT State Laws

It is a daunting task to stay in compliance with State & Federal drug testing laws. To assist our clients we have complied a list of  POCT State Laws to help.

Collecting a Drug Screen

Please note that instant testing devices (AKA POCT / Rapid Test / NexScreen Cups) CANNOT be used for DOT / Federal Drug Testing. With that information in mind following the same procedures of a DOT drug screen collection can be beneficial to collectors on how to handle Non-DOT collections. The

Does The Increase In Cannabis Potency Change Results of Secondhand Smoke?

Can your employee test positive for Marijuana just from being in a room with a smoker? A modernized study from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine tested this theory to renew our knowledge from that 1980s study. Even with cannabis potency on the rise, it appears that nonsmokers even in

How Significant is American’s Misuse of Prescription Medication?

Quest Diagnostics conducted a study between 2011-2016 on adherence of patients prescribed pain medication.  The specimens were tested for both opioids and benzodiazepines for patients prescribed at least 1 drug. With specimens indicating concurrent use of both opioids and benzodiazepines per the Journal of Addiction Medicine 52% were prescribed one

Paying Tribute to the American Worker

On June 28, 1894 Congress passed an ACT of paying tribute to our wonderful nation’s hard workers by the creation of Labor Day.  Celebrated on the first Monday of September this day was dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the American worker. Appreciating you for all the strength

FDA Exemptions from Premarket Notification for Class II Devices

On July 11, 2017 FDA announced a list of Class II Medical Devices that the Agency determined no longer requires a premarket notification. The exemption is limited for devices intended for employment and insurance testing. You can view the full docket at FDA.Gov

Proposed Bill To End Federal Prohibition of Medical Marijuana

A bill was introduced by Mr. Corey Booker on June 15, 2017 to enable research into the medicinal properties of marijuana. This Act is cited as the “Compassionate Access, Research Expansion, and Respect States Act of 2017” or “CARERS Act of 2017”. If the Act is enacted the Attorney General

Importance of Confirmation Testing and MRO Review

It is imperative for employers that conduct drug screens to send non-negative instant devices into a SAMHSA certified laboratory along with having a Medical Review Officer (MRO) review.  Providing a review by the MRO allows the donor the opportunity to dispute any positive results on their drug screen.  The donor

New Test Codes for 2017

To view the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule Test Codes Final Determinations visit www.cms.gov

Holiday Closures

In observance of Christmas, NexScreen will be closed on Monday, December 26th. Orders and emails received during this time will be processed on Tuesday December 27. Our office will also be closed Monday January 2nd for the New Year. Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

Which Specimen Type to Choose?

Each specimen type (Urine, Hair, or Oral Fluid) has different detection times. From Quest Diagnostic’s By the Numbers: Drug Detection Window by Specimen Type: Urine drug testing is the most commonly used testing method. It detects recent or new drug use, typically in the previous one to three days. Urine

HHS announces new actions to combat opioid epidemic

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced several new actions the department is taking to combat the nation’s opioid epidemic. The actions include expanding access to buprenorphine, a medication to treat opioid use disorder, a proposal to eliminate any potential financial incentive for doctors to

NexScreen Digitilized – Barcodes on NexScreen Pouches

NexScreen now provides barcodes on device pouches to easily scan lot numbers. Coming soon within our i3CCF solution collectors will be able to scan the barcode to populate the lot along with expiration of the NexScreen device!

Colorado Supreme Court: Medical Marijuana Case

Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of employers’ zero-tolerance drug screen policies. View the full case announcement for No. 13SC394, Coats v. Dish Network — Labor and  Employment – Protected Activities at www.courts.state.co.us or CLICK HERE for direct link.