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Drugs of Abuse Testing Markets: Forecasts to 2018 (Lab-Based, Professional POC, Home, Employment, Criminal Justice Markets)

Drugs of Abuse is an important growth category in IVD testing with competitive participation by top IVD vendors for market share. Healthcare professionals, employers, criminal justice personnel, and sports use drug tests as part of a comprehensive evaluation of individuals to reach a correct decision regarding the individuals’ actions, behaviors or performances.  This report covers trends and markets in drugs of abuse testing. As part of its coverage, the report offers estimates and forecasts for drugs of abuse markets, and the following market segment estimates:

Market by Type of Sample (Urine, Oral, Blood, Hair)  

Market by Application, including: 

  • Employment
  • Criminal Justice 
  • Lab-based IVD
  • Professional POC
  • Home OTC

Market by Region (US, EUR, ROW)

Market Share by Provider 


The report’s geographic scope is worldwide with information for specific geographical regions; world demographics;, and other general issues affecting the market The market summary includes market analysis by product and region and a competitive analysis of leading providers. Additionally, key company profiles are included. The information for this report was gathered using both primary and secondary research including comprehensive research of secondary sources such as company literature, databases, investment reports, and medical and business journals.

 Telephone interviews and email correspondence were the primary method of gathering information. For the purpose of this study, Kalorama Information conducted interviews with more than 12 key industry officials, consultants, health care providers, and government personnel. These sources were the primary basis in gathering information specifically relating to revenue and market share data presented in this report. Additional interviews were completed with relevant company representatives including marketing directors, division managers, and product representatives.

A group of diversified companies is involved in the development or marketing of drugs of abuse testing and technology products. The market is considered evolving with growth opportunity. Drug abuse is a worldwide problem and it is growing. Key companies such as Roche Diagnostics, Abbott Diagnostics and Siemens Healthcare will likely maintain leading positions in the market through continued product innovation and strategic alliances and mergers. Among the top and/or innovative competitors discussed within Corporate Profiles are:
  • 1st Step Detect Associates
  • Abbott Diagnostics
  • AccuTech
  • Alere
  • Alfa Scientific
  • Amedica Biotech
  • American Bio Medica
  • Atlas Link Biotech
  • Beckman Coulter
  • Biophor Diagnostics
  • Bio-Medical Products
  • Bio-Rad Laboratories
  • BioScan Screening Systems
  • Branan Medical Corp
  • Confirm Biosciences
  • DeVon Medical Products
  • IDenta Corp
  • Lifeloc Technologies
  • LifeSign
  • MAVAND Solutions
  • MedTest Dx
  • Mossman Associates
  • MP BioMedicals
  • Nano-Ditech Corp
  • OraSure
  • Ortho Clinical Diagnostics
  • Polymed Therapeutics
  • PreChek Bio
  • Princeton Biomedtech
  • Psychemedics
  • Randox Laboratories
  • Redwood Toxicology
  • Roche Diagnostics
  • Siemens Healthcare
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific
  • UCP Biosciences


There are many different methods of testing for drugs. There is no single best 
method. In selecting the testing method that will produce the best analyses, three 
factors are considered: 

  •  The drug being tested 
  •  The type of specimen used for the test 
  •  The testing circumstances 

Immunoassays 

Immunoassays are common in clinical laboratories. Some of those most 
frequently used include latex agglutination tests, radioimmunoassay (RIA), 
fluorescence polarization, immunoassay (performed on the Abbott Tex and related 
instruments), and enzyme-multiplied immunoassay technique (EMIT), a trademark of 
the Syva Corporation. These tests are completely specific. 

Latex Agglutination 

Latex agglutination tests are examples of tests that can conveniently be 
performed on an occasional basis in a POL. They are too expensive for large-volume 
work, but require no instrumentation. Their use is generally confined to urine 
specimens. 

Lateral Flow 

Lateral flow tests also known as lateral flow immunochromatographic assays, 
are simple devices intended to detect the presence (or absence) of a target analyte in 
the sample (matrix) without the need for specialized and costly equipment, though 
many lab based applications exist that are supported by reading equipment. Typically, 
these tests are used for medical diagnostics either for home testing, point of care 
testing, or laboratory use. The technology is based on a series of capillary beds, such 
as pieces of porous paper or sintered polymer. Each of these elements has the 
capacity to transport fluid (e.g., urine) spontaneously. 

Radioimmunoassay 

Radioimmunoassay is usually a manual test. It is satisfactory for use on blood 
as well as other body fluids and is widely used in forensic toxicology laboratories. 

Thin-Layer Chromatography 

Thin-layer chromatography is well suited for simultaneous screening of urine 
specimens for hundreds of drugs. Results are qualitative only, and the test is not 
extremely sensitive. It is best used for testing specimens from hospital emergency 
rooms, but is not widely available because of the technical expertise required to 
perform the test. Drugs are extracted from the specimens to be tested, concentrated, 
and applied to the bottom of a strip of paper or other permeable material. The bottom 
of the strip is then immersed in a solvent inside a closed container. As the solvent 
travels up the paper, drugs are carried along at different rates and separated. After 
drying the chromagram, the drugs may be visualized as colored spots by spraying 
with various chemicals. 

  • Executive Summary
    • SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY
    • SIZE AND GROWTH OF THE MARKET
      • Table Drugs of Abuse Testing and Technologies Market Analysis: 2011-2018 (in millions of dollars at the manufacturer's level)
    • KEY ISSUES AND TRENDS AFFECTING MARKET
    • LEADING COMPETITORS
  • Introduction
    • OVERVIEW
    • CLUB DRUGS
      • GHB
      • Rohypnol
      • Ketamine
    • NARCOTIC ABUSE
      • Heroin
      • Narcotic Analgesics
      • Opium
    • CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DEPRESSANT ABUSE
      • Sedative-Hypnotic/Antianxiety Abuse
      • Alcohol Abuse
    • CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM STIMULANTS
      • Amphetamine and Amphetamine-Like Agents
      • Ecstasy
      • Cocaine Abuse
    • MARIJUANA ABUSE
    • PSYCHEDELIC AGENTS
    • TOBACCO
    • INHALANT ABUSE
      • Table Types of Inhalants
    • STEROIDABUSE
    • MISCELLANEOUS DRUGS OF ABUSE
      • Salvia
      • Bath Salts
      • Khat
      • DXM
    • WORLD DEMOGRAPHICS
      • Table Estimated World Population by Age and Geographical Region, 2012
    • PREVALENCE AND NUMBER OF ILLICIT DRUG USERS
      • Table Annual Prevalence and Number of Illicit Drug Users Globally by Drug Type 2010
      • Table Estimated Number and Prevalence of Drug Users by Region and Age (15-64)
    • TYPES OF SPECIMENS USED FOR DRUGS OF ABUSE TESTING
      • Urine
      • Oral
      • Blood
      • Hair
      • Sweat
    • DRUGS OF ABUSE TESTING SITUATIONS
      • Employment
      • Medical Screening
      • Legal
      • Sports
    • METHODS OF TESTING FOR DRUGS
      • Immunoassays
      • Chromatography
  • Drugs of Abuse Test Products
    • URINE
    • ORAL
    • BLOOD
    • HAIR
  • Drugs of Abuse Market and Competitor Analysis
    • MARKET OVERVIEW
      • Table Drugs of Abuse Testing and Technologies Market Analysis: 2011-2018 (in millions of dollars at the manufacturer's level)
      • Market Analysis by Product Type
        • Table Drugs of Abuse Testing and Technologies Market Analysis by Test Type, 2013
      • Market Analysis by Setting
        • Table Drugs of Abuse Testing and Technologies Market Analysis by Setting Type, 2013
      • Market Analysis by Country
        • Table Drugs of Abuse Testing and Technologies Market Analysis by Region/Country, 2013
      • Competitive Analysis
        • Table Drugs of Abuse Testing and Technologies Market Revenues and Market Share of Leading Suppliers 2013
  • Issues and Trends
    • TECHNOLOGY TRENDS
    • DRUG TESTING AND WELFARE RECIPIENTS
    • NEW ILLICIT DRUGS
    • DRUG TEST ADULTERATION
    • REGULATORY ISSUES
      • California
      • Colorado
      • Iowa
      • New York
      • Florida
    • INDUSTRY CONSOLIDATION
    • DRUGS AND SPORTS
      • Table Olympic Doping Cases 1968-2012
  • Industry Manufacturers
    • OVERVIEW
    • 1ST STEP DETECT ASSOCIATES, LLC
    • ABBOTT DIAGNOSTICS
    • ACCUTECH, LLC
    • ALERE, INC.
    • ALFA SCIENTIFIC DESIGNS, INC.
    • AMEDICA BIOTECH, INC
    • AMERICAN BIOMEDICA CORPORATION
    • ATLAS LINK BIOTECH CO LTD.
    • BECKMAN COULTER, INC
    • BIOPHOR DIAGNOSTICS, INC
    • BIO-MEDICAL PRODUCTS CORP
    • BIO-RAD LABORATORIES
    • BIOSCAN SCREENING SYSTEMS, INC.
    • BRANAN MEDICAL CORP
    • CONFIRM BIOSCIENCES
    • DEVON MEDICAL PRODUCTS
    • IDENTA CORP
    • LIFELOC TECHNOLOGIES
    • LIFESIGN, LLC
    • MAVAND SOLUTIONS GMBH
    • MEDTEST DX
    • MOSSMAN ASSOCIATES
    • MPBIOMEDICALS LLC
    • NANO-DITECH CORPORATION
    • ORASURE TECHNOLOGIES, INC
    • ORTHO CLINICAL DIAGNOSTICS
    • POLYMED THERAPEUTICS INC.
    • PRECHEK BIO, INC
    • PRINCETON BIOMEDITECH CORPORATION
    • PSYCHEMEDICS CORPORATION
    • RANDOX LABORATORIES LTD
    • REDWOOD TOXICOLOGY LABORATORY, INC.
    • ROCHE DIAGNOSTICS CORPORATION
    • SIEMENS HEALTHCARE
    • THERMO FISHER SCIENTIFIC, INC
    • UCPBIOSCIENCES, INC.
  • List of Major Companies

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