ChemoAlert is a surface sampling kit used by hospitals, pharmacies, infusion centers and anyone who handles chemotherapy drugs in the U.S. and Canada, to regularly test for leftover drug residue. If gone unnoticed, workers may be exposed to antineoplastic drug residue, which could be harmful to health over time. ChemoAlert was the first kit to enter the market and specifically designed in compliance with USP <800>, a regulated standard that drives the safe handling of hazardous drugs (HD), to help you safeguard your healthcare workers. To comply with USP <800>, testing is required every 6 months in the U.S.

What does the ChemoAlert kit include?

The easy-to-use kit, proprietary to Bureau Veritas, includes everything you need to collect a viable HD sample: swabs, vials, templates, wetting agent, gloves and an ice pack to maintain sample integrity during shipping and storage. After collecting samples from typical workplace surfaces, the swabs must be shipped to our AIHA-LAP accredited laboratory for analysis, with results available within 10 business days. Rush results can be requested as quickly as the same day.

A kit can be purchased for $75 including taxes and shipping; all kit sales are final. Our pricefinder provides a breakdown of the cost for testing, based on the number of tests, as well as the number of samples.

What are typical areas that are sampled using ChemoAlert?

You can sample any workspace in an oncology clinic, infusion center, or hospital. Typical locations include benches, compounding areas, ante chambers, hoods, phones, balances, patient furniture, floors, bathroom facilities, cafeterias, and door handles.

Which hazardous drugs can be analyzed using ChemoAlert?

A single swab can detect up to 19 HDs, including platinum-containing drugs:

  • 5-Fluorouracil
  • Carboplatin
  • Cisplatin
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Cytarabine
  • Decitabine
  • Docetaxel
  • Doxorubicin
  • Epirubicin
  • Etoposide
  • Etoposide Phosphate
  • Gemcitabine
  • Ifosphamide
  • Irinotecan
  • Methotrexate
  • Oxaliplatin
  • Paclitaxel
  • Vinblastine Sulfate
  • Vincristine

As each kit includes 10 vials and swabs, you can detect a combination of up to 190 HDs across multiple surfaces using just one kit. With a detection limit of only 5 ng/sample, ChemoAlert also offers superior analytical sensitivity and specificity compared to similar products.

Want to test for drugs that are not on the list? No problem. We have analytical methods available to test for 1000+ drugs individually, although some restrictions may apply. Please refer to our Pharmaceutical Fee Schedule for more information.

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