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BALTIMORE, Md. – July 20, 2011 — AmeritoxSM announced today that the Accreditation Committee of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) has awarded accreditation to Ameritox’s laboratories in both Greensboro, N.C., and Midland, Texas.
The accreditations were based on the results of recent onsite inspections of the laboratories, which now join more than 7,000 CAP-accredited laboratories worldwide. The federal government recognizes the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, which began in the early 1960s, as being equal to or more stringent than the government’s own inspection program.
“We were delighted to work with an organization like CAP, because their standards are extremely rigorous and they objectively examined every aspect of our laboratories,” said Jay Zimmerman, Chief Operating Officer at Ameritox, the leader in Pain Medication Monitoring Solutions®. “By meeting CAP’s standards, we have shown our clients that we are focused on laboratory service excellence.”
During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors examine laboratory records and quality control of procedures for the preceding two years. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications, as well as the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and record, in addition to the overall laboratory management. This stringent inspection program is designed to specifically ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory patients.
“By working with CAP,” Zimmerman said, “we continue to affirm to our customers that every testing method in our laboratories has been scrutinized, every person working in our laboratories is thoroughly trained and schooled in the proper procedures, and every piece of equipment is performing optimally.
“We understand that physicians rely on the quality and accuracy of the tests that our laboratories perform,” he said, “and that those test results can help a doctor better monitor their patients’ health care.”
The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care.
The CAP Certification Mark is a service mark owned by CAP and is used pursuant to a license from CAP.
Ameritox is the nation’s leader in pain medication monitoring solutions, offering specialized laboratory testing and reporting services. Ameritox’s expertise and innovative science provide physicians with insights and support to enhance and optimize the care of chronic pain patients. Ameritox offers the most thorough pain medication monitoring lab process — Rx GuardianSM — with Rx Guardian CDSM, the only pain medication monitoring solution with a proprietary normalization algorithm and a reference database of pain patients clinically assessed for medication adherence. Patient results are compared against this database, helping physicians assess whether patients are taking their pain medications correctly. Medication monitoring through urine drug testing helps physicians make more informed clinical decisions and manage the risks and complexities associated with prescribing pain medications. Ameritox is headquartered in Baltimore, Md. with laboratory facilities in Midland, Texas and Greensboro, N.C. Ameritox can be found online at www.ameritox.com, on Twitter @Ameritox, or on Facebook at facebook.com/ameritox.