MYCOPLASMA TESTING FOR ANTIBIOTIC THERAPY

Information on sending sera for mycoplasma testing

THE ARTHRITIS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
504 E. Diamond Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877.
Telephone: (301) 216-1231
M. R. Coker-Vann, Ph.D., Director.

PROCEDURE FOR SENDING SPECIMENS TO THE LABORATORY

Send approximately 5 ml. of sera in a sterile tube or vial.
Seal the top of the tube with tape or parafilm to avoid spills.
Place in a biohazard sealable bag before putting it in a shipping container.

Ship via UPS or Federal Express only, to the above address. Overnight delivery or UPS 2nd day air is preferred.

If blood is drawn on Friday, please refrigerate serum and mail on Monday. Please mark package "Refrigerate upon Arrival".

Cost of the test is $110-00 US. Your cheque must accompany shipment.

Dr. Coker-Vann advises that patients or physicians overseas wanting to send blood to her for testing should check with their post office for instructions on shipping express. England ships Fed EX, but people in other countries will have to check their local arrangements. The cost for the test from overseas is the same as in the U.S., and please send in U.S. dollars. People sending from overseas should follow the same instructions as for the U.S., but the package must be labelled "Non-hazardous material". The blood shipment cannot be delayed so it is important to expedite its delivery.


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