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Death due to intravenous use of α-pyrrolidinopentiophenone

Simon M Holliday and Huy A Tran
Med J Aust 2015; 202 (11): 575. || doi: 10.5694/mja14.01741
Published online: 15 June 2015

To the Editor: Sellors and colleagues report a fatality where urine drug testing (UDT) failed to detect the drug of overdose detected on the coronial blood assay.1 This highlights how clinical care may be handicapped by older testing technology.

  • Simon M Holliday1,2
  • Huy A Tran3

  • 1 Albert Street Medical Centre, Taree, NSW.
  • 2 Drug and Alcohol Clinical Services, Hunter New England Local Health District, Taree, NSW.
  • 3 Pathology North (Hunter), NSW Health Pathology, Newcastle, NSW.


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