13 Apr Captiva Lab’s Dr. Manoj Tyagi Featured on Recovery X to Discuss Our Role in Addiction Treatment
Yorrick Anderson from Recovery X recently spoke to the Medical Director of Captiva Lab, Manoj Tyagi. Recovery X is a social channel that brings together addiction experts, thought leaders and people in recovery to discuss how to solve the problem of addiction.
Recovery X, though a new venture, has already interviewed dozens of guests involving: treatment center directors, authors, and medical professionals. Dr. Manoj Tyagi was brought on their online show as an expert in the field of lab testing, which plays a vital role in the addiction treatment process. We’d like to thank Yorrick Anderson and Recovery X for their commitment to improving the addiction recovery community and taking the time to acknowledge the importance of quality lab work in this space.
The interview can also be viewed on Youtube, on Facebook, or on iTunes.
Below is a brief overview of the topics and responses covered in their discussion. See the video above for their entire interview.
(Questions and answers have been shortened for brevity)
Q: How long have you been working in this field?
Dr. Manoj: I have received my Ph.D. in Medical Biochemistry, I then did a post-doctoral fellowship in critical care lung medicine and research. I entered clinical toxicology in 2013 and now serve as the medical director of Captiva Labs.
Q: You’ve mentioned one of your strengths is adapting to customer needs, how have their needs been changing?
Dr. Manoj: From a lab perspective, we have seen treatment centers come to rely on us for quality testing, they depend on our accuracy and flexibility, once they are confident on the lab work being provided for them, this allows them to improve their patient care.
Viewer Question: What is a reference lab?
Dr. Manoj: There are types of labs, for example, for a physician, if they wanted to have their own lab, they could only refer their own patients. A Reference lab receives referrals from other medical facilities, to process their samples.
Q: What sort of new technologies are you bringing into this industry?
Dr. Manoj: We are improving protocols and efficiencies in testing. One example is the saliva testing method we have developed in partnership with Shimadzu Scientific Corporation. This testing method had not previously existed using this instrumentation.
Viewer Question: Is the saliva testing faster?
Dr. Manoj: It is much faster and more convenient than urine sample testing. It is less intrusive and requires less intervention. There are cases, for example, an elderly VA patient is required to provide a urine sample in some case, it is much less invasive to do an oral swab than to require a technician to be in the room with them while they collect a sample.
Q: What is the most common information you must provide to your clients?
Dr. Manoj: Our relationship works best when our clients fully understand the importance and proper way to collect information from their patients. We educate them on thoroughly handling and recording their sample information, this way the results are accurate and no mistakes are made in the testing process. When they hurry their collection, not properly providing information, such as medication being used, it causes delays or errors in testing.
Q: What is the craziest combination of drugs you have ever found on a test sample?
Dr. Manoj: We have an extremely wide variety of drugs that our panels test for, so it is possible to find positives on drugs ranging from codeine, hydromorphone, kratom, kava and more. It’s not uncommon to have a known medication for patient only list “Adderall’, but when the sample is run to discover traces of cocaine, morphine, and more. This is very common and shows why testing is important.