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2018 Jan 01

J Appl Lab Med



Economics of Pain Management Testing.


Melanson SEF, Petrides AK
J Appl Lab Med. 2018 Jan 01; 2(4):587-597.
PMID: 33636889.


Chronic pain management accounts for a significant portion of health-care costs and has important societal implications, including the increasing availability of prescription narcotics. Urine drug testing (UDT) is an effective tool to monitor adherence to prescription medications and has been recommended by several guidelines. Furthermore, the clinical and technical benefits of UDT using definitive testing methods such as LC-MS/MS are well documented. However, the cost-effectiveness is not well studied.