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Research Letter
February 6, 2020

Random vs Targeted Urine Drug Testing Among Patients Undergoing Long-term Opioid Treatment for Cancer Pain

Author Affiliations
  • 1Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
  • 2Department of Oncology and Hematology, Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, Sao Paulo, Brazil
JAMA Oncol. Published online February 6, 2020. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2019.6756

There is limited information on best practices regarding urine drug testing (UDT) during long-term opioid therapy for cancer pain.1 Practices involve random UDT1 or UDT based on risk for nonmedical opioid use.2 The main objective of this study was to report the frequency of abnormal UDT findings among patients who underwent random vs targeted testing.

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