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Omega Laboratories Announces Groundbreaking 17-panel Hair Drug Test to Help Organizations Tackle Drug Epidemic

MOGADORE, Ohio, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Omega Laboratories is proud to introduce the Omega Hair 17-panel drug test, the most comprehensive hair test ever offered. This new offering tests for 45 different substances, helping safety-sensitive employers to proactively address the growing epidemic of hard drug use around the globe. This exciting new panel, which will be available starting on June 4th, 2018, will offer the detection of a much wider class of drugs of abuse, including Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates, Fentanyl, Tramadol and Ketamine.

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Omega Laboratories Attends United Nations Meeting on Hair Drug Testing

Omega Laboratories is honored to have participated in a meeting organized by the Institute for Safe Traffic Technologies  and the Brazilian mission hosted at the United Nations in New York to discuss the rapidly growing success of hair drug testing in Brazil. This meeting, which included the presentation of both Brazilian and US statistics, demonstrated the impressive capabilities of hair testing for drugs of abuse, especially in the transportation industry. 

This event was attended by a large number of transportation and drug testing industry experts, including Brazil’s former President Fernando Henrique Cardoso¸ Director of the National Department of Transit (DENATRAN) Maurício Alves.

Two years ago, Brazil implemented a law that required professional drivers pass a hair drug test before receiving or renewing their commercial licenses. According to the Brazilian Federal Highway Police, this change “contributed to a 38% drop in the number of fatal accidents involving trucks on Brazilian federal highways in just the first six months of the requirement.” Furthermore, the data shows that the implementation of this program has also dissuaded a large number of drug users from applying for C, D and E class licenses.   The former President of Brasil addressed the importance of hair testing, stating "We must continue to move forward in this process of modernization. What we are seeing is the implementation of a policy based on technological advances that ensure the public's health and safety."

Omega Laboratories is honored that their Brazilian testing data  was discussed during the presentations and is confident that this continued success for hair testing will lead companies, industries, and countries to recognize and choose hair testing as the superior drug testing method. 

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Omega Expands Operations in Brazilian Market After Legal Victory

Omega Laboratories, Inc. has begun expanding their hair drug testing operation in Brazil after overcoming initial setbacks caused by a competitor's actions which were recently deemed illegal by a Brazilian court. Following a breakthrough legal decision in their favor, Omega will continue to develop their operations in Brazil, where hair testing for drugs of abuse has become the gold standard. 

After finally gaining unimpeded access to the Brazilian market approximately three months ago, Omega Laboratories currently holds significant market share in the region. Their market share is expected to grow rapidly in the coming months. Omega Laboratories currently offers testing in Brazil through clients like Diagnósticos do Brasil. 
Omega Laboratories is one of the three largest hair testing laboratories in the US market, providing testing services to a significant number of DOT Motor Carrier clients, who chose to use hair testing alongside the federally mandated urine testing because of its superior detection of illicit substance use. 

Omega Laboratories is a privately held company with over 16 years of experience in the hair drug testing industry. Omega offers competitive pricing, superior client service, and the fastest turnaround time in the industry. Omega’s hair and oral fluid testing services are used by Fortune 500 clients, Third Party Administrators, and government agencies across the globe.

World leading drug testing agencies, Omega Laboratories and The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA), open New Zealand laboratory

Driven by the growing demand for drugs of abuse testing solutions in Australasia, two world leading drug testing agencies have joined forces to open a state-of-the-art laboratory in New Zealand.

Omega Laboratories, Inc. and The Drug Detection Agency (TDDA) will open a new Auckland based laboratory, TDDA Omega Laboratory Services.  It will offer drug testing services including hair, oral fluid (saliva), and urine testing, as well as testing program management services globally.

The laboratory will incorporate the abilities of United States based Omega, the leading provider of hair and oral fluid (saliva) specimen testing, and the industry expertise of Auckland, New Zealand based TDDA, Australasia's complete solution provider for workplace drug policy, education and testing needs.  The partnership will benefit companies worldwide by offering a unified and streamlined approach to implementing drug testing programs.

TDDA also offers the most robust collection network in the Australasian region and Omega brings technological expertise to the partnership, with advanced online reporting and an online multi-language custody and control form systems. 

Omega Laboratories Quadruples Hair Drug Testing Capabilities

Omega Laboratories, Inc. unveiled their newly completed laboratory expansion today, a project undertaken in response to the increasing global demand for testing drugs of abuse in hair. With an investment of 5 million USD, Omega's US-based headquarters now consists of over 44,000 square feet which quadruples Omega's daily testing capacity. The new addition has been outfitted with state of the art mass spectrometry equipment and staffed by Omega's highly experienced personnel.

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Omega Laboratories Presents Data on Hair Specimens for Federal Workplace Drug Testing Program

Omega Laboratories, Inc. is pleased to announce that it is assisting the Drug Testing Advisory Board (DTAB) with the evaluation of hair specimens for use in the Federal Workplace Drug Testing Program. Recent concerns and data have emerged which challenge the effectiveness of traditional urine-based testing. As a result, the DTAB assembled authorities from across the drugs of abuse testing industry, including Omega's Laboratory Director Dr. David Engelhart, at its July meeting in order to thoroughly explore the testing of hair specimens as a valuable and long-needed addition to the Federal Workplace Drug Testing Program. 

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Omega Laboratories Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for Marijuana Metabolite (THCA) Drugs of Abuse Test Utilizing Hair and Publishes Lowest Limit of Detection

Omega has received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Marijuana Metabolite Test, which detects the use of marijuana through human hair analysis. The Omega 510(k) submissions were evaluated by the FDA at a much more stringent level than those submissions cleared over a decade ago. 

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Omega Laboratories Applauds the Adoption of Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA) by Major Hair Testing Laboratories

Omega Laboratories, Inc. recognizes and applauds yesterday's announcement that the remaining laboratory of those accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) for forensic hair drug testing has decided to utilize Enzyme Immunoassay technology. This announcement comes after a decade of disagreement and confusion regarding differing methodologies and proprietary techniques. This change could signal that the hair testing industry has finally come to a consensus on the superiority of Enzyme Immunoassay technology as a screening method for drugs of abuse.

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Omega Laboratories becomes the First Laboratory to Receive 510(k) Clearance for Oxycodone and Hydrocodone Drugs of Abuse Test for Hair

Omega Laboratories, Inc. announced that it has become the first and only laboratory to receive 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its Extended Opiates Test that detects the use of Oxycodone and Hydrocodone through human hair analysis. The clearance also included the test for Codeine, Morphine and Heroin.

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Gordon Trucking Implements Hair Testing With Goal of Reducing New Driver Accidents

Gordon Trucking, one of the nation’s most reliable truckload carriers, has begun drug screening all applicants via hair samples with the goal of reducing new driver accidents within the first crucial months of employment.  Gordon joins a growing list of carriers that perform hair testing under company authority to supplement the minimum DOT mandated urine testing requirements.  

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Omega Laboratories Awarded CAP Accreditation for Drug Testing of Hair

Omega Laboratories, Inc. today announced that it has received accreditation for forensic drug testing of hair from the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP). During the CAP accreditation process, inspectors carefully review the laboratory’s records and quality control procedures for the preceding two years, as well as the laboratory’s equipment, facilities, safety program and record. CAP inspectors also examine laboratory staff qualifications and the overall management of the laboratory. This stringent inspection program is designed to ensure the highest standard of care for all laboratory clients. Omega Laboratories is only one of two laboratories in the world to receive this prestigious accreditation for drug testing in hair.

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C.R. England Improves Safety With Innovative Approach to Applicant Screening

C.R. England, a Salt Lake City-based global transportation provider, and Omega Laboratories, Inc. a state-of-the art drug testing facility, have announced an innovative drug screening partnership that will test the hair samples of driver applicants. This program will enhance England's preemployment drug screening process with the end result of putting safer drivers on the road.

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Omega Laboratories Awarded ISO / IEC 17025 Accreditation

Omega Laboratories, Inc. today announced that it has received International Organization for Standardization / International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 17025 accreditation for its analysis of drugs and drug metabolites in hair. ISO accreditation recognizes technical expertise within a defined scope, as well as the operation of a comprehensive laboratory quality management system. Omega Laboratories is one of a select group of laboratories worldwide to receive this prestigious accreditation and is the only
hair testing laboratory to do so in the United States.

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Why Test with Omega?

By using a combination of hair and oral fluid testing through Omega Laboratories, employers can create a safer workplace environment. Both offer several advantages over traditional, urine-based drug testing programs.  

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