Taiwanese biomedical company develops 10-min drug test kits

The kits require only three drops of urine

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Quick drug test kits developed by Formosa Biomedica (Photo/CNA)

Quick drug test kits developed by Formosa Biomedica (Photo/CNA)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Quick drug screening kits produced by a Taiwanese company have become a reliable force on the frontline against substance abuse for Taiwan authorities.

Prevention and screening systems assume important roles in the war on drugs, as illegal drugs have found their way into campuses, the military, and entertainment premises, reported CNA.

To avoid incidents where apprehended drug addicts may get away with it by switching their urine samples during the screening process, Formosa Biomedical Technology Corp. (台塑生醫) has developed a wide range of substance testing kits touted to be capable of determining whether one has been on drugs in 10 minutes and requiring just three drops of urine, the company said, adding that the devices boast a 90 to 95 percent accuracy rate.

According to Formosa Biomedical, screening kits it currently manufactured can be applied to detect traces of marijuana, morphine, amphetamines, and Ketamine, with more being developed.

Previously, major clients of the products were the police, military, and education authorities. After two years of effort, the company has finally been allowed to sell the products at pharmacies across Taiwan, giving a boost to the country’s fight against substance abuse through early intervention at household levels.

In addition to the quick drug test devices, Formosa Biomedical is also known for its screening kits for influenza and pregnancy, with the three product lines expected to account for a market share of 70 percent next year, wrote CNA.