For what is used PCP Phencyclidine drug test strip
Rapid Phencyclidine drug test strip is an immune-chromatographic assay for the qualitative determination of the presence of Phencyclidine (PCP) at the cut off of 25 ng/ml. This assay provides only a preliminary analytical test result. Gas Chromatography/Mass spectrometry (GC/MS) is the preferred confirmatory method. Clinical consideration and professional judgment should be applied to any drug of the abuse test result, particularly when preliminary positive results are indicated.
What is PCP
Phencyclidine, commonly known as PCP or “angel dust” is used primarily as a recreational drug due to its hallucinogenic effects. It is generally self-administered by intravenous injection or by inhalation and concentrates fastest in fatty tissues and the brain. The effects of PCP are very much dose-related. Small amounts of Phencyclidines (PCP) are central nervous system stimulants that produce alertness, wakefulness, increased energy, increased heat rate, and decreased sense of pain and touch, and an overall feeling of well being. Large doses of Phencyclidine (PCP) can result in death due to convulsions, heart and lung failure, and coma. Large repeated doses of Phencyclidine (PCP) could develop tolerances and physiological dependency and lead to its abuse. PCP can be found in urine within 4 to 6 hours after use and will remain in urine for 7 to 14 days. 3
Phencyclidine is excreted in the urine as an unchanged drug (4% to 19%) and conjugated metabolites (25% to 30%).
How does the PCP drug test work?
Rapid Phencyclidine (PCP) Test Strip is a competitive immunoassay that is used to screen for the presence of Phencyclidine (PCP) in the urine. It is a chromatographic absorbent device in which, drugs within a urine sample, competitively combined to a limited number of drug monoclonal antibody (mouse) conjugate binding sites.
When the test is activated, the urine is absorbed into each test strip by capillary action, mixes with the respective drug monoclonal antibody conjugate, and flows across a pre-coated membrane.
- Internal procedural controls are included in the test. A colored band appearing in the control region(C) is considered an internal positive procedural control, confirming sufficient specimen volume and correct procedural technique.
- External controls are not supplied with this kit. It is recommended that positive and negative controls be tested as a good laboratory practice to confirm the Phencyclidine test procedure to verify proper test performance.
Phencyclidine (PCP) drug test strip procedure:
- Remove the PCP drug test strip from its sealed pouch, or remove from the canister, and use it as soon as possible. For the best results, the test should be performed within an hour. The canister should be closed tightly after removing any strips.
- Hold the PCP drug test strip by the end, where the product name is printed. To avoid contamination, do not touch the strip membrane.
- Holding the strip vertically, dip the test strip in the urine specimen for at least 10-15 seconds. Do not immerse past the maximum line (MAX) on the test strip.
- After the test has finished running, remove the strip from the specimen and place it on a non-absorbent flat surface. Start the timer and wait for the colored band(s) to appear. The result should be read 5 minutes. Do not interpret the result after 10 minutes.