Randox Toxicology Ltd Launches Mitragynine ELISA for the Detection of Designer Drug Kratom
Published: Apr 11, 2013
As with other designer drugs ‘Spice’ and ‘Bath Salts,’ ‘Kratom’ is marketed as a “legal high,” which can mislead users to believe that the drug is safe to use. In fact, several cases of psychosis resulting from the use of Kratom have been reported, with individuals addicted to the drug exhibiting psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations, delusion, and confusion. Mitragynine and several related alkaloids naturally occur in the Mitragyna speciosa plant, creating psychoactive properties.
From exotic plants to synthetic blends; designer drugs create a difficult task for forensic toxicologists as waves of new compounds with differing chemical properties quickly flood the market. Immunoassays provide a straightforward method for laboratory drug screening, allowing a large number of specimens can be screened relatively quickly. The novel ELISA developed by Randox Toxicology can detect Mitragynine and its metabolites; 9-O-Desmethylmitragynine, 7-alpha-Hydroxymitragynine and 7-alpha-Acetoxymitragynin in urine and blood specimens, providing valuable information for further analysis.
Leading research and development capabilities has allowed Randox Toxicology to quickly respond to the need for reliable assays to detect designer drugs. The UK manufacturer has developed a range of rapid immunoassays on ELISA and Biochip arrays, including Synthetic Cannabinoids and Synthetic Cathinones commonly referred to as ‘Bath Salts.’
About Randox Toxicology
Randox Toxicology is a global provider of solutions for Drugs of Abuse testing. We are a primary manufacturer of Biochip Array Technology, Homogeneous EIA, Automated testing platforms, ELISA, and Quality Management Solutions for forensic and clinical toxicology. Our aim is to strengthen the practice of twenty-first century drug testing through innovation and consolidation. With extensive experience in the development of high quality products, we have acquired a wide range of customer – orientated testing solutions to suit all workloads.
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