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Drugs of abuse tests using hair samples outside FDA's scope, Psychemedics argues.

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

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DRUGS OF ABUSE HAIR TESTS FALL OUTSIDE FDA PURVIEW, PSYCHEMEDICS argues, because the components of the test systems are not intended to diagnose or treat a disease or condition, the company maintains in a July 6 letter to FDA. "FDA lacks jurisdiction to regulate test systems that detect drugs of abuse in hair because they are not medical devices within the meaning" of the FD&C Act, the Culver City, Calif.-based marketer of the OTC PDT-90 Personal Drug Testing Service asserts.

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