So, what does FDA approved mean? The agency is charged with examining, testing, and approving a wide range of items for medical use. This includes everything from drugs and medical devices to tests. Getting FDA approval simply means that the agency has decided the benefits of approving the item outweigh any potential risks for its planned use.
By Christopher A. Parrella, J.D., CHC, CPC, CPCO With the growing legalization of marijuana use in the United States, many employers are wondering if they can still fire employees or refuse to hire new ones who test positive. The short answer … Continue reading Can I Fire an Employee for Testing Positive?
Although summer is in full swing, many school districts around the country continue to review policies and determine which ones to implement in the fall. A quick glance at the news finds one issue cropping up more often these days … Continue reading Are we Seeing an Increase in School-based Random Drug Testing?
Written by Christopher A. Parrella, J.D., CHC, CPC, CPCO Earlier this year, Sioux Falls, S.D.-based M.G. Oil Company, dba Happy Jack’s Casino, agreed to pay $45,000 to settle a disability discrimination lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission … Continue reading A Medical Review Officer’s Role in Drug Testing
Written by Christopher A. Parrella, J.D., CHC, CPC, CPCO Just as the effects that drugs can have on your body can vary, so too does the amount of time those drugs can remain in your system. For some it can … Continue reading How Long Does That Drug Stay in My System?
Written by Christopher A. Parrella, J.D., CHC, CPC, CPCO The American Society of Addiction Medication (ASAM) and the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF International) have teamed up to launch a national certification program designed to provide an independent, … Continue reading ASAM CARF Partner to Create Certification Program