Forensic Toxicology


Recall of Antemortem Specimen Submission Kits

Antemortem specimen submission kits distributed by the Department have been recalled by the manufacturer. The Department has sent notice of this recall to all law enforcement agencies in Alabama with instructions to return any unexpired kits to Sirchie Fingerprint Laboratories and to dispose any expired kits. View the recall notice.

The affected kits will be identified with the Reorder Number ALDWI200 and Lot Numbers 111039 or 050980 (see below). Kits with these lot numbers but with a suffix "A" or "RC" have already been corrected and may be used. Postmortem kits are not subject to this recall.

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Antemortem specimen submission kit

Until law enforcement agencies receive replacement kits, officers should request that hospitals collect blood specimens in gray-stopper tubes which are commonly available from hospital stock. While it is unlikely that gray stopper tubes are not available at the hospital; other tubes may be substituted with purple-stopper tubes being preferred.

Tubes should be sealed with tamper-evident tape then enclosed in a sealed plastic bag and submitted to the Department as soon as practical. Shipped specimens should be packaged in a cardboard box. Do not re-use a box from a recalled kit. The nearest Department laboratory will have the appropriate shipping materials. Specimens may also be hand-delivered in a sealed package to the Hoover laboratory.

A completed Toxicological Analysis Request Form (DFS-59) must accompany all submitted specimens. The form may be included in the shipping package but should be placed outside the sealed bag containing the specimens.

Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences Toxicology Section
2026 Valleydale Road
Hoover, AL 35244-2095

Tel (205) 982-9292, Fax (205) 403-2025

Toxicology Laboratory Section Chief: Justin E. Sanders, MSFS
Toxicology Discipline Chief: Curt E. Harper, Ph.D.