Confidential Testing

All results are confidential and remain protected as part of your patient record.

Confidential Testing

All results are confidential and remain protected as part of your patient record.

Sunset Labs

Urine testing and what it means to you

Urine Drug Testing (UDT) is a process that measures the presence and amounts of medications in your urine, and other substances that could interfere with your medications. These tests allow us to properly prescribe medications as part of your pain management treatment plan.


Pharmacogenetic Testing

Our specially designed pharmacogenetic test panel provides your pain management physician with important information to help reduce suffering from pain. Testing allows our physicians to personalize your drug therapy by identifying your ability to metabolize drugs, which enhances drug effectiveness and reduces adverse drug reactions.

Clinical Lab Testing

Sunset Labs offers clinical lab tests to support your health and well-being. Clinical lab tests help doctors check for certain diseases and conditions. They also help check the function of your organs and show how well treatments are working. Specifically, clinical lab tests can help doctors:

  • Evaluate how well organs—such as the kidneys, liver, thyroid, and heart—are working
  • Diagnose diseases and conditions such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, anemia, and coronary heart disease
  • Check whether medicines you're taking are working
  • Assess how well your blood is clotting
Clinical lab tests are very common. When you have routine checkups, your doctor may recommend clinical lab tests to assess your overall health status.

Many clinical lab tests don't require any special preparations. For some, you may need to fast (not eat any food) for 8 to 12 hours before the test. Your doctor will let you know how to prepare for blood tests.

Doctors can't diagnose many diseases and medical problems with blood tests alone. Your doctor may consider other factors to confirm a diagnosis. These factors can include your signs and symptoms, your medical history, your vital signs (blood pressure, breathing, pulse, and temperature), and results from other tests and procedures.


Urine Testing

  • Why do we perform UDT?

    Prescription medications are a common form of treatment for chronic pain. However, each person reacts differently to them. UDT provides us with information essential for the safe and effective prescribing of your medications.

  • What is the UDT Process

    You will be asked to provide a sample of urine in the cup given to you by your healthcare provider using the bathroom facilities in their office. Please do not alter the cup in any way. Our staff will interpret the results and may send the sample to an outside laboratory.

  • What happens once my sample is sent to the lab?

    The lab will run a series of tests to confirm the levels of both prescribed and non-prescribed drugs in your system. Sunset Laboratories usually returns lab results within three business days to help your healthcare provider refill your prescriptions promptly. Your results are carefully reviewed by your healthcare provider.

  • Are my results confidential?

    Yes. All results are confidential and remain protected as part of your patient record.

  • How often will I be tested?

    Your physician will determine when you will be tested based on your medical needs.

  • Do I pay for this test?

    The laboratory will bill your insurer directly for their services. Following their billing, your insurer will send you an Explanation of Benefits (EOB). The EOB is not a bill; it is simply a statement that shows how your insurer processed the claim for the test. Depending on your insurance carrier, you may receive a statement for a co-payment, co-insurance or a deductible.

    It is the policy of Sunset Labs to collect the patient’s financial responsibility amounts based on the EOB. Sunset Labs does not send patients to outside collectors, report to the credit bureau, or make harassing phone calls to patients. Sunset Labs works with patients to collect payments without causing hardships in an economically struggling environment while providing necessary testing for safe and effective care.

Pharmacogenetic Testing

  • What is pharmacogenetics?

    Pharmacogenetics is the study of how people respond to drug therapy. Your genetic makeup can influence the amount and/or effectiveness of your body’s enzymes to metabolize (or process) many commonly used medications. Genetic testing categorizes a person’s metabolizer type for the most important of these enzymes and the data is then interpreted by your physician to personalize your drug therapy.

  • What are the genetic testing categories?

    • Ultra-rapid metabolizer: Patients in this category have a high gene activity. Ultra-rapid metabolizers break down medication(s) rapidly and are likely to need altered doses or different medication(s) to be effective.

    • Extensive metabolizer: Patients in this category are considered to have normal gene activity and metabolize medication(s) at a normal rate.

    • Intermediate metabolizer: Patients in this category break down medications at a rate in between extensive metabolizers and poor metabolizers.

    • Poor metabolizer: Patients in this category have little to no gene activity. Poor metabolizers break down certain medications slowly and are likely to need altered doses or different medication to be effective (1).

  • How does pharmacogenetic testing benefit patients?

    • Help personalize your drug therapy by identifying your ability to metabolize drugs.
    o Identifying optimal drug choices.
    o Pharmacogenetic testing will individualize patient care, instead of the “trial and error” method that is the current standard of care in treating patients.

    • Help increase the effectiveness of your medications and help improve pain relief by determining variations that affect your metabolism of certain drugs.

    • Help avoid negative side effects.
    o According to the FDA, more than 2 billion adverse drug events occur yearly with more than 100,000 cases resulting in death. (2)
    o Adverse drug reactions are the sixth-leading cause of hospitalization and death in the United States. (3)

  • How is this test performed?

    We simply swab your cheek and send the sample to our lab for testing. Our genetic testing lab is equipped with state-of-the-art instrumentation chosen for its accuracy and reliability. A scientist will prepare the sample and send the individualized report to your physician for interpretation.

  • What are the limitations of genetic testing?

    While your genetics plays an important role in drug reaction and metabolism, there are other factors (such as lifestyle and environment) that can affect how you react to medications. Your genetic test results are only one piece of health information our physicians use to determine the best plan of care for you.

    This panel is not a comprehensive test that will analyze how your body metabolizes all possible medications. The pharmacogenetic panel that your provider is recommending for you will evaluate eight different genes associated with the metabolism of specific pain medications. Other pharmacogenetic panels exist to analyze other genes that affect your metabolism to other medications.

  • When will the genetic test results be ready?

    Test results usually take about 14 days. Your test results are sent directly to the physician who ordered them. Your physician will discuss them with you at your office visit.

Tips

Tips for Prescription Safety

  • Do note take medications that aren't prescribed for you by your health care provider.
  • Consult your physician before combining sedatives or anti-anxiety drugs with pain medications.
  • Do not use opioid (narcotic) medications as sleeping pills.
  • Do not take pain medication with alcohol.
  • Never give your pain medications to someone else, for any reason.
  • Do not suddenly stop taking a medicine.
  • Make a list of all your medication and bring it to each medical appointment.
  • Lock up painkillers to keep them out of other people's hands.

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