Nicotine & Metabolite, Serum or Plasma, Quantitative NICMET

Method(s) Quantitative High Performance Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Specimen Required
Collect

One 6 mL plain red or green (sodium heparin) top tube. Also acceptable: Lavender (EDTA) or pink (K2EDTA) top tube.

Transport

4 mL serum or plasma refrigerated (Min: 1 mL).

Remarks

Remove serum/plasma from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection.

Stability After separation from cells: Ambient: 1 week; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 3 years.
Unacceptable Conditions

Samples exposed to repeated freeze/thaw cycles. Plasma/whole blood from light blue (sodium citrate) top tubes.

Schedule Daily
Billing Code 5011538
CPTCode 80323
Preferred Specimen Collection Device(s)
Reference Interval

Interpretive Data: Positive cutoff: 2 ng/mL

Drugs covered:
nicotine, cotinine (metabolite), 3-OH cotitine (metabolite)

No Appointment Necessary
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12 Patient Service Centers in Central New York.

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