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DRUG SCREEN PANEL 3, serum (087-0683)
Test Mnemonic:


Specimen Requirements:
Test Included:

(Quant) Barbiturates*, Benzodiazepines*, Tricyclic Antidepressants*.  Indicate suspected drug(s) if possible.
*As a class


Cleaning of puncture site should be performed with a non-alcoholic solution. Collect 7mL of blood in red-toped tube. (Min.: 3mL of blood).


DO NOT draw blood in SST/gel separator vacutainer tube.


Delivered to Sample Management within 2 hours of collection.

Specimen Preparation:

Allow specimen to clot completely at room temperature. Centrifuge to separate serum from cells within 2 hours of collection. Transfer serum from red-topped tube to labeled plastic transport tube.


Refrigerated for ≤ 48 hours or frozen for ≤ 4 months.

Causes for Rejection:

Blood drawn in SST/gel separator vacutainer tube, incomplete and/or incorrect sample identification, improper storage/transport, gross hemolysis.          

Reference Range:

By report (reports may vary based on instrumentation, patient age and sex)

Turnaround Time:

Routine: 8 hours; ASAP: 4 hours; STAT: 1 hour




Clinical Chemistry

CPT 4 Code:



Indicate suspected drug(s) if possible.

If applicable, state clinical information that is required to be provided with specimen.

When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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