The use of oral anticancer drugs is steadily increasing in modern oncology. This paradigm shift in cancer care has brought to light some important issues including the duration of treatment period, the management of toxicity, and the adherence to treatment protocols. Maximal benefit from oral anticancer agents can only be achieved when they are used properly and taken as prescribed. Suboptimal or non-adherence can result in poor survival outcomes, unnecessary adjustment of treatment regimens, and increased reliance on healthcare resources. Studies show that adherence to prescribed oral anticancer drugs is not very high with long term therapies.
To meet these challenges, Firstox has developed a test specifically to monitor anti-cancer medication adherence using a minimally invasive collection method. This testing can be combined with medication monitoring for pain medications.
Firstox has developed a proprietary micro serum test using Liquid Chromatography Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) combined with a simple, minimally invasive finger stick collection. AssuranceRx Micro Serum provides clinical data that is not available through traditional urine drug tests (UDT). This testing methodology includes a well-established correlation between the dosage prescribed and the level of drug in the patient’s blood. AssuranceRx Micro Serum can indicate whether a patient is taking their drug or drugs as prescribed. Simple, observed collection eliminates adulteration potential, and can be performed in-office without a phlebotomist. Contact us to find out how to implement serum testing as part of your current medication monitoring program.
Firstox is a high-quality, innovative diagnostic laboratory committed to providing specialized and cost-effective prescription drug monitoring services to aid in combating the current opioid epidemic. We provide physicians, treatment centers and patients with clinically relevant results to ensure that providers have the information they need to combat diversion, misuse and abuse of prescription medications and illicit drugs. We advocate for the highest level of patient care through educational outreach and ethical testing practices rooted in medical necessity and compliance.