Archive for May, 2012

K2 Spice Drug Test | K2 and Spice Urine Drug Test

K2 and Spice Drug Test(cassette)K2 Spice Drug Test(strip)

Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. is pleased to offer a top quality and cost effective urine-based metabolite test, or a K2 Spice Drug Test, for “synthetic marijuana.”  The K2 Drug Test is a highly effective and easy-to-use Urine Drug testing device that is currently available in single strips and single-dip cassettes for greater flexibility and cost effectiveness.  The K2 Drug test may sometimes also be referred to by others as K2 Spice Gold Drug test, Spice Drug Test, Synthetic cannabinoid drug test, Synthetic cannabis drug test, Synthetic K2 Spice marijuana drug test, or simply a Synthetic marijuana drug test.  The K2 Spice Drug Test, or the K2 Synthetic Marijuana Rapid Test is an immunochromatography one step in vitro test drug test.

Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. is proud of its record of providing top-level drug testing kits, like this K2 Spice drug test, which is now available for distribution around the world (outside the U.S.).  This new K2 Spice drug test comes as part of Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc.’s continued commitment to providing top quality drug test kits worldwide.  Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc.’s distribution of this convenient and user friendly K2 Spice Drug Test is of the same high and accurate quality as its popular marijuana drug screening tests.

K2 Spice Gold, Synthetic Marijuana (THC) Drug Testing Kit

One of the most talked-about drugs in the news today is the synthetic marijuana drug, more commonly known as K2 Spice.  The United States has seen an increased use of the K2 spice drug and other synthetic marijuana drug products due to their legal accessibility and similarity to highs obtained by using the marijuana drug (THC drug).  The Synthetic marijuana drug, or K2 Spice drug has been made illegal in many European countries, and in the U.S., several states have made K2 Spice drug illegal under state law.

The Spice Drug or Synthetic cannabis is an herbal and chemical product which mimics the effects of cannabis. It is best known by the brand names K2 and Spice.   Synthetic cannabinoids, including cannabicyclohexanol, JWH-018, JWH-073, and HU-210, are used in an attempt to avoid the laws which make cannabis illegal, making synthetic cannabis a designer drug.   It is marketed as an incense or “herbal smoking blend”, but the products are usually smoked by users.  Although synthetic cannabis does not produce positive results in cannabis drug tests, like a K2 drug test, it is possible to detect its metabolites in human urine, such as that offered through the K2 Spice urine drug test.  Someone who smokes the K2 Spice drug will generally not show up positive on a marijuana drug test.  The active chemicals in the K2 Spice drug are slightly different from those in marijuana (THC) drug.  K2 Spice drug is different enough that it won’t test positive on a marijuana drug test.  K2 Spice drug users avoid detection on a marijuana drug test and still get the same effect as smoking marijuana.  Laboratories have been working on drug tests specifically designed to recognize the K2 Spice synthetic marijuana molecule.

K2 and Spice Marijuana Urine Drug Test

The K2 Spice urine drug test is designed to test for the two synthetic cannabinoids most commonly found in herbal incense products, such as JWH-018 and JWH-073.  Once these synthetic compounds are consumed, they are rapidly metabolized in the body and excreted in the urine as a series of related metabolites.  The JWH-018 and JWH-073 metabolites can be detected on the K2 Spice urine drug test up to 72 hours, depending on usage and dosage.  When smoked or ingested, JWH-018 and JWH-073 can produce marijuana-like effects by as primary receptor agonists.  The K2 Spice drug compounds have been found in as many as 25 different herbal blends.  Even though K2 Spice compounds closely resemble marijuana, they still remain undetectable under standardized drug testing.  The K2 Spice drug has brought difficult circumstances to treatment centers because K2 Spice was undetectable in urine tests.  With our K2 Spice urine drug test, K2Spice can be detected in the urine.  The K2 Spice urine drug test is recommended to be used by law enforcement agencies, correction facilities, and probation departments to test individuals who are suspected of using such products as K2 Spice drug.  This K2 Spice drug test also makes an efficient solution for screening employees, kids and teenagers as part of preventive measures in maintaining drug-free environment in the workplace, universities, school, and other institutions like the military.

The Truth about K2 and Spice drug

K2, Spice, and related substances and considered highly dangerous. Because these compounds are surreptitiously added to other substances, the amount of the compound present cannot exactly be measured. These synthetic cannabinoids have been associated with impaired driving incidents, attempted suicides, and emergency department visits, and have been linked to such adverse effects as panic attacks, heart palpitations, respiratory complications, aggression, mood swings, altered perception, and paranoia. Also, recent investigations have cited the compounds as having greater potency than THC found in traditional cannabis products because of K2 and Spice’s unregulated production.  K2 drug and Spice drug are becoming alarmingly more popular among younger generations due to their accessibility, making the use of these new drug testing technologies more significant to drug monitoring programs that involve youth outreach.

Related Drug Testing Kits and K2 Spice Marijuana Drug Tests

Along with these K2 Spice Drug Tests for screening of synthetic marijuana, Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. also offers quick and easy-to-use urine drug testing kits for marijuana drug testing. These Marijuana Drug Tests (THC Drug Tests) are simple drug tests to use as a home drug test, or a marijuana drug test for random drug testing in the workplace, drug screening kits for pre-employment drug testing, drug testing in schools, judicial drug testing, drug testing labs, family drug testing kits, health clinic drug testing, or any other point of care location drug testing collection services that want to establish marijuana drug testing procedures at their particular location.

Customers who use our K2 Spice Drug Test, also request multi drug test kits for any combination of drugs and alcohol:  Amphetamin (AMP), Barbiturate (BAR), Benzodiazepine (BZD), Buprenorphine (BUP),  Cannabinoid (THC), Cocaine (COC), Ecstasy (MDMA), Fentanyl (FTYL), Ketamine, Marijuana (THC), Methadone (MTD), Methamphetamine (MET), Methylphenidate (MPD), Opiate (OPI) (MOR), Opiate II (OPI) (MOR) (HER), Oxycodone (Oxy), Phencyclidine (PCP), Propoxyphene (PRP), Tramadol, Tricyclic antidepressant (TCA), and ALCOHOL.   Contact our Customer Service Department for more information about any of these drug testing products.





Businesses and government agencies around the world are facing a myriad of problems regarding drug use, specifically cocaine drug use, by employees in the workplace.  Some have chosen to have their employees sent to a clinic to take a cocaine drug test, or a multi drug test, and some have chosen to conduct the drug test(s) on site.


What kind of business would consider conducting drug tests for their employees?  There are many reasons to require a cocaine drug test, or maybe even a multi drug test for employees.  Most private companies are not required to give drug tests, multi drug tests, alcohol and drug tests, or a specific drug test like a cocaine drug test.  However, there are several reasons why some companies, large and small, would administer drug tests, like the cocaine drug test, to their employees.  First of all, safety-sensitive industries that are regulated by certain federal or state agencies must include testing of employees, such as the cocaine drug test, or in some cases, multi drug tests. This would involve drug testing to avoid violation of OSHA and state occupational safety laws.  Also, any industry connected to transportation of goods or services must consider cocaine drug tests for the safety of their employees, customers, and the general populace, not to mention avoiding violation of intra state transportation laws.  This would include cocaine drug tests, or multi drug tests, for jobs such as airline/maritime pilots and personnel, trucking company drivers, railroad employees, taxi cab drivers, delivery personnel, mass transit drivers, as well as those connected to military and government agencies.  Of course those companies employing professionals in the health field need to consider drug testing, for the safety of their employees and patients, and a drug test like the cocaine drug test is popular in the construction industry too, in addition to multi drug testing in pipeline and hazardous materials jobs.  As one can see, the list is long for workplace considerations on such drug tests as the cocaine drug test.


Then there are those companies who must consider employee drug testing, like a cocaine drug test, in order to comply with workmen’s compensation requirements.  Many employers who drug test their employees, as in a cocaine drug test or multi drug tests, qualify their company for certain discounts on insurance premiums that involve safety in the workplace.  Other reasons for offering a cocaine drug test, or multi drug test, would be to avoid legal liability.  If other employees, or customers, were harmed for any reason through cocaine drug use or other multi drug use by an employee, the company would be liable for damages.  Lastly, it is cost effective for a business, whether large or small, to regularly administer drug tests like a cocaine drug test, in order to save money in the long run.  Studies have shown that billions of dollars a year are spent by companies on such things as lost productivity due to absences and tardies, costs due to workplace accidents, and high workmen’s compensation claims.  In addition, these cocaine drug tests, or use of multi drug tests, can be administered for pre-employment screening, as part of the hiring process, to ensure against future problems due to regular drug use in the workplace.




Requiring drug tests like a cocaine drug test has become a common practice among many businesses, companies, and government agencies.  Sports organizations also routinely test athletes for illegal drug substances, like the cocaine drug, or performance enhancing drugs.  There are a multitude of facilities, such as doctor’s offices, hospitals, occupational health clinics, and individual laboratories that are directly involved in cocaine drug testing programs, and/or multi drug testing programs.  Employers can make a difference using cocaine drug testing procedures.  The cocaine drug testing program, or any multi drug test program, will act as a road map for managers and supervisors.    Current research indicates that more than 70% of illegal drug users are employed in full and part-time jobs in the U.S alone.  Consequently, the result is a large impaired portion of the national workforce.  When an employee is impaired on the job, the company has not only lost one productive employee, but in fact has dramatically reduced the productivity of all the other workers who they interact with. Drug use in the workplace has a ripple effect. Not only is productivity reduced, but company morale is negatively impacted, causing good employees to leave the company to avoid drug impaired co-workers.   For the typical employer, that means unhealthy employees, unsafe working conditions, loss of productivity, smaller profits, more accidents, higher medical claims expenses, and a host of other negative effects for the employer and the employees.  Workers may also be coming to work more stressed out which can play a role in increased drug abuse.  The desire for businesses to have more cocaine drug testing or multi drug testing programs in the workplace has been amplified in recent years due to job insecurity and a trend toward working longer hours by their employees. Companies can minimize the chance of having to deal with a serious job performance problem in the workplace, and in the process support a better quality of life for employees, by implementing a cocaine drug testing, or a multi drug testing program in their company.   Use of the cocaine drug test, or a multi drug test program, will reinforce the message to employees and customers that a positive work environment is a high priority.  To combat the drug abuse problem, many employers offer EAP’s (employee assistance programs) that include cocaine drug use counseling.




A cocaine drug test, or a multi drug test, can be administered on site or done in a laboratory.  The easy-to-use cocaine drug test, or any combination multi drug test, manufactured and distributed by Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc., are some of the best quality drug tests available on the market today.   These simple-to-use drug testing kits do not require any professional assistance, which makes them perfect to be used at workplaces anytime.  The cocaine drug test is an immuneochromatography-based one step in vitro test.  The cocaine drug test is designed for qualitative determination of cocaine’s metabolite, benzoylecgonine in human urine specimen above a cutoff level of 300 ng/ml.   Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. also offers multi drug tests which can detect cocaine and any other combination of drugs (and alcohol) through multi panel drug tests, from 2 panel to 9 panel drug tests.  For customized cutoff level cocaine drug tests, or multi panel drug tests, please contact our Customer Service Department. The cocaine drug test (COC Drug Test) is available in multi-panel, cassette, strip, or cup format.  The multi panel drug testing kits are also available in cassette, strip, or cup format.


When it comes to workplace drug testing, the usage of drug testing kits becomes imperative. It is not only because of their ease of use but also for accurate and quick results.  The results of the cocaine drug test or multi drug test are highly reliable and accurate.  Moreover, these drug test kits do not take more than 5 minutes to show the results, making it possible, if necessary, for a business or public organization to take quick action against drug usage.   Implementing a drug feee workplace program takes thoughtful consideration of what the business or organization is trying to accomplish, how they want to accomplish it, how much it will cost, and how much it will save.  In offering top quality – cost effective cocaine drug tests and multi drug tests, Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc. establishes itself as an integral part of any business and organization’s commitment to implement effective workplace drug testing programs and in the long run, be part of the solution in decreasing workplace drug abuse problems.




Los Angeles-based Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of medical test kits in the U.S. and throughout the world, offers a wide variety of Dengue ELISA Kits and Dengue Rapid Tests to its customers.  Contained on our web site are frequently asked questions from our customers about Dengue ELISA Kits and Dengue Rapid Tests.   Below is a sample of some of those questions that we feel will assist any hospital, clinic, or health organization in making a decision about the proper medical testing equipment for your particular population.  Please see the product inserts for more specific information on each product, or contact our Customer Service Department for any further information on these Dengue ELISA Kits, Dengue Rapid Test Kits, or any other medical testing products.




Available Dengue ELISA Test Kits:

Dengue Antibody IgG/IgM ELISA Kit  (#8115-3)

Dengue Antibody – IgG ELISA Kit  (# 8116-3)

Dengue Antibody IgM ELISA Kit  (#8117-3)


What serotypes does the Dengue ELISA Kit use?

The Dengue ELISA kits contain micro wells that are coated with purified dengue virus antigen from vero cell cultured type 1-4 dengue.


What is the sensitivity and specificity of the Dengue ELISA Kits?

Dengue IgG/IgM ELISA test is 100% and 78%;  Dengue IgG ELISA test is 100% and 96%; Dengue IgM ELISA test is 100% and 86%.  See package inserts for details on Dengue ELISA test kits.


Why are 2 wells per sample needed on the Dengue ELISA Kits?

In addition to Dengue recombinant antigen, samples on the Dengue ELISA tests are screened with a normal cell antigen.  This step on the Dengue ELISA test optimizes the specificity by helping eliminate any false positives that may occur in the Dengue ELISA test because of non-specific interactions of the antigen with the sample.


How many unknown samples can be tested with the Dengue ELISA Kit?

Up to as many as 44 samples can be tested on the Dengue ELISA Kit.


What is the storage of the Dengue ELISA test Kit?

Storage of Dengue ELISA Kits range from 2 – 8 degrees celsius.


What is the shelf life of the Dengue ELISA test kits?

Storage time of the Dengue ELISA test kits is 12 months from manufacture date.


What is the cpt code of Dengue ELISA kit?

Generally there is a common generic code available for these Dengue ELISA tests Dengue IgG/IgM ELISA test, Dengue IgG ELISA test, and Dengue IgM ELISA test.  For the latest specific code number, please contact our Customer Service Department.


Do you also have Dengue NS1 ELISA kits?

Yes, we offer Dengue NS1 ELISA kit (#8404-25) and Dengue NS1 Rapid Test (#173110-25).  Contact our Customer Service Department for more information.


Do you distribute Dengue NS1 Rapid Tests?

We offer a fast and easy-to-use Dengue NS1 Antigen Rapid Test (#173110-25).  See our Customer Service Department or product inserts for more information.





Dengue IgG/IgM Antibody Rapid Test (#173106L-25)


What serotypes does the Dengue Rapid Test detect?

This Dengue Rapid Test is a new generation immunochromatographic test using recombinant dengue viral antigens of all four serotypes (DENV 1-4) to detect specific antibody response. By using a mixture of highly purified dengue proteins, the Dengue Rapid Test is able to detect all 4 Dengue serotypes.


What principle is used in the Dengue Rapid Test?

This Dengue Fever Rapid Test is a qualitative immunochromatographic test for the simultaneous detection of IgM and IgG antibodies to dengue virus in human serum, plasma, or whole blood.


How effective is the Dengue Rapid Test in detecting Dengue fever in patients?

A high proportion of dengue virus infections can be detected swiftly and easily using a Dengue Rapid Test.  The Dengue Rapid Test can help to diagnose active dengue infections from the very first day fever appears.  In facilitating early diagnosis by using this Dengue Rapid Test, therapy and monitoring can begin much earlier, reducing the risk of severe complications.


What is the storage of the Dengue Rapid Test Kit?

Serum/Plasma of the Dengue Rapid Test Kit may be stored at 2 – 8 degrees celsius up to 3 days.  For long-term storage, freeze the specimen at -20 degrees celsius for 3 months, or -70 degrees celsius for longer periods.  See product insert of Dengue Rapid Test Kit for more details.


What is the total time it takes to process a sample on the Dengue Rapid Test?

Time to process samples on Dengue Rapid Test Kit is approximately 30 minutes.  Once the Dengue Rapid Test sample is applied, results can be obtained within 20 minutes.



Dengue fever is a worldwide health problem, and in epidemic proportions in some countries.  The World Health Organization estimates that annually, 50-100 million people are infected worldwide with the dengue virus.   Studies have shown that early detection of Dengue NS1 virus using tests like the Dengue NS1 ELISA test and Dengue NS1 Rapid test can help in early confirmation, clinical treatment, and control of dengue viral infections.  To address this problem,  Los Angeles-based Diagnostic Automation/Cortez Diagnostics, Inc., a leading manufacturer and distributor of medical test kits in the U.S. and throughout the world, offers two very popular Dengue NS1 test kits — Dengue NS1 ELISA Kit and Dengue NS1 Rapid Test that detect Dengue NS1 (non-structural protein 1) of Dengue virus.  The Dengue NS1 ELISA test and the Dengue NS1 Rapid Test are effective new diagnostic tools for early diagnosis of dengue virus infection.  Below are some of the frequently asked questions surrounding these products.




Dengue NS1 Antigen ELISA KIT  (#8404-25)

Is the Dengue NS1 ELISA kit easy to use?

The Dengue NS1 ELISA Kit is an excellent assay that contains a high level of sensitivity and specificity in detecting the NS1 antigen of Dengue virus.  The Dengue NS1 ELISA Kit is a rapid and reliable Dengue ELISA kit that contains sufficient reagents for one plate of 96 wells.  The user-friendly Dengue NS1 ELISA Kit contains components that are highly effective and the Dengue NS1 ELISA Kit has easy-to-read controls to determine positive or negative results.


How long is the incubation time of the Dengue NS1 ELISA Kit?

Total incubation time of the Dengue NS1 ELiSA test is approximately 2 hours (60-30-20).  Incubation procedures of the Dengue NS1 ELISA test kit are easy to follow.  Clear instructions for specific Dengue NS1 ELISA test procedures in specimen collection and preparation are found in the Dengue NS1 ELISA kit product insert which should help with your specific needs.


What is the total time it takes to process a sample on the Dengue NS1 ELISA kit?

Total time for the Dengue NS1 ELISA Test to be performed is approximately 250 minutes.


What principle is used in the Dengue NS1 ELISA test kit?

Dengue NS1 Antigen ELISA test uses the two-step sandwich type immunoassay to detect low levels of NS1 in serum.


What is the storage of the Dengue NS1 ELISA kit?

The samples of the Dengue NS1 ELISA kit may be stored at 2-8 degrees celsius for up to 7 days, or frozen at -20 degrees celsius or lower for up to 30 days.  To maintain long-term longevity of the serum on the Dengue NS1 ELISA kit, store at -70 degrees celsius.  Avoid repeated freezing and thawing of samples on Dengue NS1 ELISA kit.


What is the shelf life of the Dengue NS1 ELISA kit?

Shelf life of the Dengue NS1 ELISA test is 12 months from the manufacture date.


Do you also distribute Dengue ELISA Kits for IgG and IgM antibodies?

Yes, we offer three Dengue ELISA kitsDengue ELISA IgG/IgM kit, Dengue ELISA IgG kit, and Dengue ELISA IgM kit.  In addition, an easy-to-use and reliable Dengue Rapid Kit is available.




Dengue NS1 Antigen Rapid Test  (#173110-25)


What is the total time it takes to process a sample on the Dengue NS1 Rapid Test?

Depending on how many samples are collected, testing of Dengue NS1 Antigen Rapid Test should be done immediately after collection of serum.  Serum collection and reading results on Dengue NS1 Antigen Rapid Test can be performed in approximately 30 minutes.  Caution: do not interpret results of the Dengue NS1 Rapid Test more than 45 minutes after serum collection as this may lead to erroneous results.


What is the storage of the Dengue NS1 Rapid Test?

The sealed pouch and Chase Buffer of the Dengue NS1 Rapid Test are designed to be stored at room temperature (22 – 30 degrees celsius) for the duration of their shelf life.  Exposure to temperatures over 30 degrees celsius can impact the performance of the Dengue NS1 Rapid Test and should be minimized.


What principle is used in the Dengue NS1 Antigen Rapid Test?

The Dengue NS1 Antigen Rapid Test is a qualitative, membrane based immunoassay for the detection of NS1 antigen in human serum.  The Dengue NS1 Rapid Test membrane is pre-coated with a NS1 specific antibody on the Dengue NS1 Rapid Test line region and utilizes a separate control to assure assay flow and performance.  During testing, the Dengue NS1 Antigen Rapid Test sample is added directly to the sample region on the Dengue NS1 Rapid Test and the test is placed into a well containing 3 drops of buffer. The buffer and serum mix and interact with NS1-specific monoclonal antibodies conjugated to gold nano particles.  The solution in the Dengue NS1 Rapid Test migrates upward on the membrane to react with the anti-NS1 antibody on the membrane.  If NS1 antigen is present, a red line will appear at the Dengue NS1 Rapid Test line.


What is the sensitivity and specificity of the Dengue NS1 Antigen Rapid Test?

The relative high sensitivity in detecting patients with primary infections and the overall high specificity of the Dengue NS1 Antigen Rapid Test make it well suited for the early detection of dengue virus.  Recent studies have shown the Dengue NS1 Antigen Rapid Test as having a sensitivity of 85% to 89% and a specificity of nearly 98%.  The diagnostic sensitivity of the Dengue NS1 Antigen Rapid Test is significantly enhanced if used in a combination antigen and antibody testing approach.