17 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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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.

    Contributing Factors to the Skyrocketing Drug Misuse Epidemic in the US

    Contributing Factors to the Skyrocketing Drug Misuse Epidemic in the US

    Objectives for the podcast include:

    Hear results from the recent Quest Diagnostics Health Trends report which combines data from a Harris Poll survey of over 500 primary care physicians, with results of clinical drug laboratory testing performed by Quest Diagnostics across the US
    Gain a deeper understanding of the contributing factors to the significant surge in drug overdose deaths that we have seen in the US
    Learn about barriers health professionals face in their ability to monitor and intervene with their patients at risk for drug misuse

    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 the comprehensive drug testing offering from Quest Diagnostics, 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.

    • 23 min
    Fentanyl: A substance of great concern

    Fentanyl: A substance of great concern

    Today’s podcast will cover a substance of great concern today, fentanyl. We will  discuss and share information regarding the following:


    Latest trends in the drug misuse epidemic in the US

    What you need to know about fentanyl

    Why you need to consider drug testing for fentanyl (and other illicit substances) and how to  implement drug testing in your practice


    The episode will feature Quest Senior Medical Advisor Dr Jeff Gudin and Medical Science Liaison Dr Jack Kain.


    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
    Presumptive vs definitive drug testing: what you need to know

    Presumptive vs definitive drug testing: what you need to know

    Today’s podcast will cover the value of prescription and illicit drug testing and provide insight on the different clinical drug testing methodologies. We will discuss and share information regarding the following:


    Current state of the drug misuse epidemic in the US

    The value and clinical utility of drug testing

    Overview of the 2 main methodologies of drug testing, presumptive and definitive


    The episode will feature Quest Senior Medical Advisor, Dr Jeff Gudin; Medical Science Liaison Jack Kain, PharmD; and Executive Science Director, Les Edinboro, PhD.


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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.

    • 23 min
    Special Episode: Trends in drug testing resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic

    Special Episode: Trends in drug testing resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic

    The convergence of the opioid epidemic and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has created new healthcare challenges. Health systems, from a system- and individual clinician-level, are more important than ever in the pursuit of addressing the epidemic within the pandemic.


    In this session, Dr Gudin discusses with Dr Pat Alagia on the Quest Dialogues podcast:


    Recently-published data by Quest that demonstrates decreased drug testing overall, with increased positivity for high-risk drugs and dangerous drug combinations 

    Tools and practices for clinicians to assess and stratify patients for potential prescription drug abuse

    System-level strategies that employ an integrated care delivery approach, including leveraging community and diagnostics partnerships, to support impacted patient populations


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    About Dr Pat Alagia


    As an entrepreneurial, innovative, and forward-thinking physician executive,  Dr Alagia has developed extensive experience and deep expertise throughout the healthcare ecosystem through his many years in the health system C-Suite and as a Senior Executive in major medical companies.  He has led large complex academically based regional healthcare systems,  for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare organizations, venture capital-backed healthcare companies, and small and large clinical practices.


    Today as the Chief Clinical Officer for Hospitals and Health Systems and as a Senior Medical Director for core and advanced at Quest Diagnostics, Dr Alagia and his clinical, scientific, academic, and commercial colleagues focus on a variety of topics involving diagnostic testing and patient care across the care continuum. He and his team are passionately committed to patient care, clinical and scientific excellence, and building interdisciplinary collegial relationships.

    • 37 min
    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.


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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.

    • 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

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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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