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Hi how are you,

I work at a Pain Management practice where we have enough volume to open our own Toxicology lab as opposed to going through different companies.

Was wondering what all the startup costs would be?

We normally do a Urine test for Narcotics, Recreational Drugs, Psychiatric Drugs mainly.

I'd imagine a large portion of the startup costs would be towards keeping the in office lab extremely secure and sealed off from the rest of the office. Any advice on what we should be looking at?

Thanks
 

shoal

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I'm guessing this question would be better asked in the pathology forum. I'm not aware of any toxicoligist actually running their own labs. Good luck

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Hi how are you,

I work at a Pain Management practice where we have enough volume to open our own Toxicology lab as opposed to going through different companies.

Was wondering what all the startup costs would be?

We normally do a Urine test for Narcotics, Recreational Drugs, Psychiatric Drugs mainly.

I'd imagine a large portion of the startup costs would be towards keeping the in office lab extremely secure and sealed off from the rest of the office. Any advice on what we should be looking at?

Thanks
Ask this in the Pain forum. I doubt the few tox guys on here own their own labs.
 

Daiphon

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Ask this in the Pain forum. I doubt the few tox guys on here own their own labs.
Yep. Even the ones I know in PP are part of a multidisciplinary group where lab functions are outsourced to the commercial labs (Quest, NMS, LabCorp, etc).

As for the UDS stuff, though, material costs aren't high (buy cartridges in bulk) but the lab certification and credentialing fees can get expensive... thus the outsourcing, even for something as routine as the UDS.
 

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Yep. Even the ones I know in PP are part of a multidisciplinary group where lab functions are outsourced to the commercial labs (Quest, NMS, LabCorp, etc).

As for the UDS stuff, though, material costs aren't high (buy cartridges in bulk) but the lab certification and credentialing fees can get expensive... thus the outsourcing, even for something as routine as the UDS.
What kind of private practice stuff do toxicologists do?
 
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Daiphon

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What kind of private practice stuff do toxicologists do?
Clinically, occupational/industrial work, outpatient consultations (and inpatient), forensics, and of course deal with NUTS (no underlying toxicologic syndrome).

Also legal work & consulting, too. It's a smallish field in terms of absolute numbers, so many opportunities to get out of the ED, if motivated & inclined.