13 episodes

Topics in Drug Testing features three top toxicologists from Quest Diagnostics with clear and up-to-date information about important issues in drug monitoring today. These high-energy experts entertain listeners while cutting through many of the misunderstandings about drug testing and monitoring issues.

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    • Health & Fitness
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Topics in Drug Testing features three top toxicologists from Quest Diagnostics with clear and up-to-date information about important issues in drug monitoring today. These high-energy experts entertain listeners while cutting through many of the misunderstandings about drug testing and monitoring issues.

    Pharmacogenomics in mental health and addiction

    Pharmacogenomics in mental health and addiction

    Today’s podcast discussion will focus on clinical care for patients with mental health disorders. Will discuss and share information regarding:


    Mental health disorder and substance abuse prevalence

    The clinical utility of pharmacogenomics in mental health and addiction

    Mental health disorders and medication nonadherence


    The episode will feature Quest Senior Medical Advisor, Dr Jeff Gudin; Medical Liaison Jack Kain, PharmD; and Director, Medical Science Liaison—Neurology and Pharmacogenomics, Raymond Lorenz.


    You may download a PDF version of this presentation here >>


    To listen to other podcasts in our Topics in Drug Testing series, or learn more about Quest Diagnostics’ comprehensive drug testing offering, please visit QuestDrugMonitoring.com. There you will find our Drug Monitoring Test Directory, as well as educational resources and insights from our team of toxicology experts. At Quest Diagnostics we are committed to providing you results and insight to support your clinical decisions.

    • 30 min
    Implementing a Drug Monitoring Protocol in your practice

    Implementing a Drug Monitoring Protocol in your practice

    Today’s podcast discussion will focus on appropriate steps to take to implement an effective Drug Monitoring Protocol in your practice. Key information shared will include:


    Some of the key challenges facing clinicians today

    Important steps to take for implementing a responsible drug monitoring protocol

    How Quest can help


    The episode will feature Quest Senior Medical Advisor, Dr Jeff Gudin; Medical Liaison Jack Kain, PharmD; and Senior Product Manager Jason Suomala, for the Quest Diagnostics Drug Monitoring and Toxicology division.


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    You may download a PDF version of this presentation here >>


    To listen to other podcasts in our Topics in Drug Testing series, or learn more about Quest Diagnostics' comprehensive drug testing offering, please visit QuestDrugMonitoring.com. There you will find our Drug Monitoring Test Directory, as well as educational resources and insights from our team of toxicology experts.  At Quest Diagnostics we are committed to providing you results and insight to support your clinical decisions.

    • 19 min
    Alternative Specimen Collection Options

    Alternative Specimen Collection Options

    Today’s podcast discussion will focus on the importance of drug monitoring and the benefits of “alternative” sample collection options during the COVID-19 pandemic. Key information shared will include:


    How clinical drug monitoring is a critical tool to help assess prescription compliance with controlled substances and help identify drug misuse

    Situations, including the COVID-19 pandemic, when in-office collection isn't always possible

    Quest Diagnostics’ offerings for alternative specimen collection options, including:
    - Self /At-Home collection
    - Patient Service Center collection

    How alternative collection options can help ensure your patients get the testing they need


    The episode will feature Quest Senior Medical Advisor, Dr Jeff Gudin, and Jason Suomala, Senior Product Manager for the Quest Diagnostics Drug Monitoring and Toxicology division.


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    You may download a PDF version of this presentation here >>


    To listen to other podcasts in our Topics in Drug Testing series or learn more about Quest Diagnostics' comprehensive drug testing offering, please visit QuestDrugMonitoring.com. There you will find our Drug Monitoring Test Directory, as well as educational resources and insights from our team of toxicology experts. At Quest Diagnostics we are committed to providing you results and insight to support your clinical decisions.

    • 17 min
    The epidemic within the pandemic

    The epidemic within the pandemic

    Today’s podcast will share results of a recent Quest Diagnostics Health Trends™ publication, The Opioid Epidemic Within the COVID-19 Pandemic: Drug Monitoring in 2020, which was published in the October 2020 edition of Population Health Management. The study objective was to better understand the relationship between the COVID-19 pandemic and the drug epidemic in the US. To achieve this objective, investigators analyzed urine specimen results from an analytic cohort of 872,762 specimens from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Findings demonstrated significant changes in prescription drug monitoring and positivity rates for many drugs of concern. Important study results and conclusions discussed will include:


    Clinical drug testing decreased significantly during the pandemic period

    Nonprescribed positivity for fentanyl, heroin, and other drugs of concern increased significantly

    Many dangerous drug combinations, including combinations with fentanyl,  increased significantly

    The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the treatment of patients at risk for substance use disorder

    The role of clinical drug monitoring


    This episode features Dr Jeff Gudin, senior medical advisor, Quest Diagnostics Drug Monitoring and Toxicology, and Justin Niles, lead medical informatics analyst for Quest Diagnostics Health Trends™.


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    • 24 min
    Drug testing for stimulants

    Drug testing for stimulants

    Today’s podcast will cover drug testing for stimulants and will highlight some of the challenges in results interpretation for this class of drugs. Important information shared during the discussion will include:


    What is classified as a stimulant

    Analysis of Amphetamine, Methamphetamine, and MDMA

    Interpretation challenges

    Synthetic stimulants

    The role of clinical drug monitoring

    Quest Diagnostics amphetamine drug testing offering


     


    The episode features Dr Les Edinboro, PhD, executive science director, and Dr Jeff Gudin, senior medical advisor, Quest Diagnostics Drug Monitoring and Toxicology.


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    To listen to other podcasts in our “Topics in Drug Testing” series, or learn more about Quest Diagnostics comprehensive drug testing offering, please visit QuestDrugMonitoring.com. There you will find our Drug Monitoring Test Directory, as well as educational resources and insights from our team of toxicology experts. At Quest Diagnostics, we are committed to providing you results and insight to support your clinical decisions.

    • 29 min
    Drug Monitoring in Behavioral Health and during times of crisis

    Drug Monitoring in Behavioral Health and during times of crisis

    Today’s podcast will cover the role of clinical drug monitoring in Behavioral Health and during times of crisis. Important information shared will include:


    Mental Health disorders, diagnosis and prevalence

    The challenge of medication adherence in mental health treatment

    The impact of crises on the treatment of patients with mental health conditions

    The role of clinical drug monitoring


     


    The episode features Dr Jeff Gudin, senior medical advisor and Dr Jack Kain, medical science liaison for the Quest Diagnostics Drug Monitoring and Toxicology division.


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    You may download a PDF version of this presentation here >>


     


    To listen to other podcasts in our Topics in Drug Testing series or learn more about Quest Diagnostics comprehensive drug testing offering, please visit QuestDrugMonitoring.com. There you will find our Drug Monitoring Test Directory, as well as educational resources and insights from our team of toxicology experts. At Quest Diagnostics we are committed to providing you results and insight to support your clinical decisions.

    • 25 min

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Fresh drug testing Topics!

Way to go Quest for offering information regarding current tests with the why and the when to test. Helpful for patients, students, phlebotomists and really anyone in healtcare. I was impressed!

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