OraSure® Oral Specimen Collection Device FAQs

The following are frequently asked questions about OraSure Technologies' OraSure® Oral Specimen Collection Device. For additional information, please contact Customer Care.

  1. Is this test as good as the blood tests that have been in use for years?
  2. Do any medications or mouth conditions affect the test?
  3. Are there any toxic chemicals in the collection pad device?
  4. How is the OraSure® Oral Specimen Collection Device test different from other tests used in insurance laboratories?
  5. How do you use the OraSure® Oral Specimen Collection Device?
  6. How should OraSure® Oral Specimen Collection Devices be stored?
  1. Is this test as good as the blood tests that have been in use for years?
    A correctly performed OraSure® Oral Specimen Collection Device test is an accurate alternative to blood testing. It enables the collection of an oral fluid sample for use with a lab-based screening test for Cotinine EIA, Cocaine Metabolite EIA, and Human IgG.

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  2. Do any medications or mouth conditions affect the test?
    No. Oral conditions, disease and medications, will not affect the accuracy of the OraSure® Oral Specimen Collection Device and the performance of its assays.

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  3. Are there any toxic chemicals in the collection pad device?
    No. The collection device is not considered to be hazardous and does not contain hazardous chemicals, based on evaluations made by OraSure Technologies, Inc. under OSHA Hazard Communications Standard, 29 C.F.R. 1910.1200.

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  4. How is the OraSure® Oral Specimen Collection Device test different from other tests used in insurance laboratories?
    The OraSure® test is an oral fluid test that provides a fast and easy method for sample collection, enabling non-medical professional to collect samples for laboratory processing.

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  5. How do you use the OraSure® Oral Specimen Collection Device?
    The patient places the OraSure® device between the lower cheek and gum for 2-5 minutes. The pad draws oral fluid, which is rich in antibodies and contains far fewer contaminants than typically found in saliva. The pad is transported to a lab in a vial that contains preservatives, which stabilize the sample for up to 21 days.

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  6. How should OraSure® Oral Specimen Collection Devices be stored?
    OraSure® collection devices (both unused and collected samples) should never be stored at temperatures exceeding 98°F. Use insulated coolers or cold packs if you anticipate temperatures to be higher than 98°F.

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