MP Biologicals manufactures a rapid diagnostic drug test used to identify drug use or consumption. The device is a urine collection cup that comes with test strips built either into a test card or into the actual cup. This is advantageous because the urine need not be transferred from the cup to a testing device. The test card or cup test strips are visible through two windows, one over the other, on the front of the card and a chemical reaction causes a visible test result on these strips. The method of testing is called immunoassay.
MP Rapid Drug Test Cup
Collect at least 15 milliliters of urine in the rapid drug test cup. If the test has a test card insert the card into the urine for 15 seconds, remove and insert into the slot on the side of the cup. There will be arrows pointing to the urine end of the test strip. If the test strips are built into the cup, the urine will reach the test strips through the bottom of the cup and no action need be taken. Put the lid on the cup and wait five minutes to read the test.
Drug Test Strips
Each test strip, on the card or built into the cup, is used to represent one drug only. The type of drug will be abbreviated on the top end of the strip, visible through the top window. For example, THC for marijuana; COC for cocaine; PCP for phencyclidine. If there is a question about an abbreviation, consult the literature that accompanies the test. MP biologicals can manufacture custom tests that have any combination of one to ten drugs.
Interpreting Rapid Drug Test Results
The bottom window displays the result portion of the test strip. The letters "C" and "T" will be to the left of the window. The "C" will be on top and represents a control line. The letter "T" represents the drug test. On each test strip, the presence of a line next to the "C" validates the test and the presence of a line next to the "T" represents a negative test. For example, if there are five test strips on a card and there a line next to the "C" and the "T" on strips one through four and a line next to the "C" only on the fifth, the result of the test is positive for the drug corresponding with strip five.
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