Fentanyl Urine Test Strips
The increasing abuse of opiates is one of the most pressing public health crises in the US, and fentanyl is an addictive and lethal prescription painkiller playing a huge role in that crisis. Early screening for fentanyl in urine is critical to successful recovery in cases of physical dependence and addiction.
Detecting fentanyl is not possible with most standard tests. 12 Panel Medical urine test strips for fentanyl are intended for the rapid detection of this dangerous drug in all potential forms. Immunoassay testing technology is highly sensitive to customizable levels of fentanyl and fentanyl-based products, including Sublimaze, Actiq, Durogestic, and Fentora.
In clinical settings or in the home, fentanyl test strips are 99% accurate in detecting fentanyl in human urine specimens. Intended for in vitro diagnostic use only, qualitative results provide the operator with a definitive positive or negative result in accordance with SAMHSA guidelines for fentanyl cutoff levels in human urine.
Connected to the opiate family of phenylpiperidines, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that was developed to treat pain. An extremely potent painkiller, 100 mg of fentanyl is equivalent to only 10 mg of morphine, making fentanyl at least one hundred times more powerful.
Fentanyl is used in both pre-surgical settings and to treat chronic breakthrough pain, but fentanyl abuse is increasing across the United States. Classified as a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act, fentanyl is legal with a prescription but easily abused and obtained illegally.
If fentanyl abuse is suspected, fentanyl test strips can be used to recognize fentanyl in human urine specimen within an 8 to 24-hour detection timeframe. Urine test strips should not be used for detecting fentanyl after 24 hours of last use. In these cases, a hair detection kit may be necessary.
12 Panel Medical fentanyl tests are intended to provide a preliminary indication of drug abuse based on SAMHSA guidelines. This analytical and qualitative test result should be confirmed by a toxicology laboratory that can perform gas chromatography/mass spectrometry tests that are more specific.
Cutoff concentrations for fentanyl in urine comply with the guidelines for immunoassay tests set by SAMHSA. The fentanyl cutoff concentration as determined by SAMHSA is expressed in nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) and is preset at 300 ng/ml.
For operators requiring a more stringent fentanyl cutoff, 12 Panel Medical immunoassay tests are customizable. Operators may test for lower concentrations of fentanyl in urine to determine between abuse and legal, prescribed use of the drug.
A sample urine specimen must be collected from the donor for testing. When the urine specimen is ready for testing, the operator will remove the fentanyl test strip from the protective packaging.
The testing strip may be damaged by extended exposure to light and air. Do not remove the strip until ready to perform the test to ensure the most reliable results. If the testing strip was removed from packaging more than one hour prior to testing, the results should not be interpreted.
Do not touch the strip membrane. Bacteria from hands and surfaces may contaminate the testing strip and invalidate results.
Hold the fentanyl test strip where the product name is printed. Carefully place the testing strip membrane into the cup, in a vertical position. Do not immerse the strip past the MAX line on the testing strip.
Allow the strip to absorb as much of the sample as possible, immersing the membrane in the specimen for at least 10 to 15 seconds. You might notice color moving across the strip, but the results cannot be read before five minutes. Do not interpret results after 10 minutes.
If the specimen contains more than the pre-determined fentanyl cutoff levels, the result is positive. This is indicated by one colored band in the control region and no colored band in the test region. Positive results should be sent to a toxicology laboratory for confirmation.
A negative result is indicated by one colored band in the control region, and one colored band in the test region. A negative result indicates that the specimen does not reach the fentanyl cutoff levels.
If no colored band appears in the control indicator of the fentanyl test strip, the result is invalid. The test must be performed again. If the problem persists, you may contact your local distributor.
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