MYCOPHENOLIC ACID (CELL-CEPT)
Collect Red top or Lavender EDTA, centrifuge and separate serum/plasma from cells within 2 hours of collection. Send 1 mL in a screw top plastic vial, indicate specimen type on tube.
Collect specimen 12 hours post-dose.
High Performance Liquid Chromatography/Tandem Mass Spectrometry
Room Temperature Unacceptable, Refrigerated 4 days, Frozen 6 months
2-5 days, Performed: Tue, Thur
Mycophenolic acid is an immunosuppressant used in tissue transplants. It prevents graft rejection by the host’s immune system. It is very important to monitor its level. Too little of this drug will cause graft rejectoin, while too much will lead to infection. Monitoring its level is essential to optimize therapeutic effects, avoid toxicity, and assure compliance.