Monday 5 December 2016

Allow clinicians to do their jobs

Published 29/10/2010 | 07:56

DR Cathal O Suilliobhain is absolutely right in denouncing the waste of millions spent in mandated urine testing of patients receiving methadone (Sunday Independent, October 24).

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Urine toxicology in these patients should have precisely the same role as all lab tests in every field of medicine -- they are relied on to confirm clinical impressions, where necessary, or to alert the clinician to a problem that may have gone undetected.

Neither of these purposes is served by urine tests slavishly performed according to a state-mandated frequency.

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