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Monday, March 28, 2005

OraSure pushes saliva drug tests

Associated Press

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Its rapid HIV test has made its name known throughout the world.

But OraSure Technologies of Bethlehem also is pushing the emerging science of oral diagnostics in another direction: drug testing. It has two products that can detect the likes of marijuana and cocaine in saliva.

One, Uplink, is a portable device that European law enforcement agencies are using to screen drivers. A roadside test takes about 20 minutes from the time a saliva sample is taken until the analysis is complete.

The other, Intercept, dispenses with urine cups in the workplace. It allows employers who test for drugs to take a saliva sample from job applicants and employees, rather than sending them to a clinic that collects urine.


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