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Issue

Thursday, August 20, 2020


In The News


Recent statistics indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic is driving drug overdose trends—and deaths. As the pandemic dominates as the top national health and economic concern, clinical labs, federal agencies, and medical groups continue to monitor the opioid crisis, taking steps to tamp down on designer drug use and watch prescription…

AACC Alert


New content in AACC’s Principles of Clinical Toxicology certificate program addresses timely topics such as the opioid epidemic and the increasing use of mass spectroscopy for screening and definitively identifying drugs of abuse. Four sessions cover an introduction to clinical toxicology, immunoassays to screen for drugs of abuse, specimens for…

Inside AACC


A new equation that leverages β-quantification to assess low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) concentration outperformed two other LDL-C formulas in recent studies, showing promise as a more accurate tool in predicting cardiovascular risk. The Sampson LDL-C equation also has no intellectual property restrictions, making it easily accessible to laboratorians, wrote Christopher…

World View