June 13, 2012 | last updated June 14, 2012 10:43 am

Psychemedics Gets FDA Clearance For Hair Analysis Drug Test

Acton-based drug test maker Psychemedics Corp. announced it has received clearance from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for five new, additional screening assays to test for the detection of illegal drugs.

Psychemedics said the new assays were designed to meet or exceed the standards of its other assays, and called the development "a significant technological breakthrough."

The company announced early this year that it had patented a "soft digestion" process which released drugs trapped in hair without destroying the drugs, allowing them to be more effectively detected.

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