Sterling Healthcare’s laboratories are equipped to help physicians and healthcare providers with a variety of toxicology testing needs including prescription drug monitoring (also known as pain management testing). This service is extremely valuable to healthcare providers who prescribe medications for patients with chronic pain.

The Value of Prescription Drug Monitoring

According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain. The condition can’t be diagnosed clinically, but it can be treated medically, with prescription pain relievers that command a high street value and serious legal consequences when taken outside of a provider’s order. Drug monitoring is valuable to physicians on several levels: 

  • Verifies that patients are taking their medications as directed
  • Reduces the risk of drug toxicity from overdose and/or drug-drug interactions
  • Identifies non-authorized and illicit substances in the patient’s system
  • Documents a patient’s medication tolerance and treatment milestones
  • Establishes a pattern of responsible prescribing to reduce legal liability

Our laboratories take pride in partnering with physicians to identify the unique needs of their practices. It’s all part of our goal to provide the right data for the right test at the right time.

Types of Drug Monitoring Services

There are a host of factors to consider in prescription drug monitoring, and not every provider knows where to start. Our laboratories work with physicians and their office staff to identify testing goals, create an appropriate testing schedule for each patient and deal with unexpected test results. Our own staff includes expert toxicologists who are available to answer questions and offer perspective when the next step isn’t always clear. 

On the production side, our labs maintain an extensive test catalog and analyze several matrices including urine, blood, oral fluid and hair. We also offer genetic testing as another tool for physicians when a patient is unresponsive to standard prescription regimens.

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