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Psychemedics Corporation Receives New, Additional FDA Clearances for Hair Analysis Drug Testing
Date:6/12/2012

rograms.  This development from our R&D team was no small feat, and will go a long way to ensure our customers continue to have the most effective means of identifying and deterring drug users from entering their workplaces, schools, law enforcement agencies, etc.  The innovative design of the new assays will also allow Psychemedics greater flexibility in responding to customer demands resulting from changes in the profile of drugs of abuse.  We will be discussing this process and schedule in greater detail with our clients over the next few months."

Advancing technology to accurately identify more drug users

On January 24th, 2012, Psychemedics Corporation announced that the United States Patent and Trademark Office issued the company its seventh patent, which covers a soft digestion process that releases drugs trapped in the hair without destroying the drugs.  The new patented method can be used with a broad range of immunoassay screen techniques, mass spectrometry methods and chromatographic procedures.

Kubacki commented, "We are pleased to have received this patent, which is fundamental to all hair analysis drug testing and enhances our ability to identify more drug users.  Continued investment in the development of the science is critical to Psychemedics and we remain the only company to obtain patents for getting the drugs out of the hair --- a very critical first step in the detection process.  This new patent covers the breakdown of the hair structure to release the drugs without destroying them --- removing virtually 100% of the drugs from the hair.  This patent is fundamental to hair analysis drug testing because if you cannot get all the drugs out of the hair, you cannot accurately measure them; and if you cannot accurately measure the drugs, you cannot identify all the drug users.  This is now our second fundamental patent focused on removing drugs from the hair, following our init
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