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Patent pending for pain-free method of monitoring drug levels in transplant patients
Date:4/3/2009

said. "And it's not just because the method is less invasive. We actually came up with more precise measures of the drugs' effects.

"Saliva allows non-invasive specimen collection by the patient at home," she added. "Patients can just put the sample in the mail."

Obtaining a sample would be as simple as spitting in a cup or taking a swab of the mouth, Akhlaghi said. "Because a transplant patient remains dependent on life-long therapy with a cocktail of immunosuppressive agents, a non-invasive monitoring procedure is important. It's all about improving the patient's quality of life."


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Contact: David Lavallee
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401-874-2116
University of Rhode Island
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