Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Are all “Point of Care” drug test devices/kits the same?


In short – no. There are high quality devices/kits and there are low quality devices/kits. Like most things in life, you tend to get what you pay for. Despite claims of “highly accurate” etc and published figures, the quality of devices/kits available on the market varies massively. This is due to a number of reasons including:

The ITS range of high quality “Point of Care” drug test devices/kits are manufactured with quality and reliability at the fore front of the process. The ITS range of single and multi-panel CE marked, FDA 510(k) and CLIA waived drug test dips, cups and drug test kits, offer highly accurate, specific, sensitive and reliable point of care testing solutions. Drug test strips available include prescription and over the counter medications, illegal drugs and NPS’s (sometimes referred to as “legal highs”).


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