Key Benefits of the Randox Barbiturates reagent
The Gas Chromatography / Mass Spectrometry (GC/MS) method is the ‘gold standard’ method in the drugs of abuse testing panel. The Randox Barbiturates assay showed a 93.3% correlation using the GC/MS method.
Multi-analyte controls and calibrators available
Randox offers multi-analyte Acusera controls and calibrators for the Barbiturates assay as opposed to only single analyte calibrators and controls. This makes the control and calibrators more convenient in terms of consolidation being possible so your results are more accurate. Randox controls and calibrators may prove more cost effective as separate products do not need to be ordered. Some controls and calibrators include: multidrug control, multidrug calibrator
Liquid ready-to-use reagents
The Randox Barbiturates reagent comes in a liquid format which is more convenient as the reagent does not need to be reconstituted which aids in reducing the risk of errors occurring
Other features of the Randox Barbiturates reagent
- Homogeneous Enzyme Immunoassay
- Liquid ready-to-use reagents
- Stable until expiry date when stored at +2 to +8⁰C
- Multi-analyte controls and calibrators available
- GC/MS correlation
What is the Barbiturates assay used for?
What are barbiturates?
Barbiturates are a group of drugs within the sedative-hypnotics class that acts as central nervous system depressants. They are synthetic drugs that used to be prescribed for depression, anxiety and insomnia. It takes as little as 30 minutes for the effects of barbiturates to begin and can last as long as 5 to 6 hours. The administration, use and abuse of barbiturates has significantly declined throughout the years due to newer and safer alternatives being developed. They are both physically and psychologically addictive. The difference between a safe dose and an overdose is extremely minimal. Accidental overdose can be fatal resulting in coma or death. As a result of this, benzodiazepines have largely replaced barbiturates for both medical and recreational use. Today, phenobarbital is occasionally prescribed to treat seizure disorders such as epilepsy, increased pressure in the skull, migraines, and alcohol and benzodiazepines poisoning. The World Health Organisation (WHO) list phenobarbital as the first-line recommendation for treating children younger than 2 years of age. For more information on the systematic review of phenobarbital for childhood epilepsy, please click here [external link].
What is the barbiturates assay used for?
The Randox Barbiturates assay is used for the qualitative and semi-quantitative detection of barbiturates in human urine. It can be used to detect abuse or to monitor treatment in urine. The detection period is 4 to 7 days.