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J Lab Med Qual Assur. 2010 Jun;32(1):115-130. Korean. Note.
Kim JH , Kim BK , Lee W , Lee SY , Chun S , Kwon GC , Yoon Y , Shin DH , Song KE , Song SM , Suh SP , Kim JQ .
Therapeutic Drug Monitoring Subcommittee, The Korean Association of Quality Assurance for Clinical Laboratory, Seoul, Korea.

We performed two trials of external quality assessment for Therapeutic Drug Monitoring (TDM) subcommittee of Korean Association of Quality Assurance for Clinical Laboratory (KAQACL) in 2009. The number of participating laboratories were 110, which is similar with that of previous 3 years. Average response rates were 97.8% in both trials, similar to those of previous years. Two kinds of control materials were requested to be tested in each trial so that each institution could find the possible systematic errors. The average drug item responded was 6.2 per institution, which was decreased slightly from 6.5 in recent 5 years. The most common test items were valproic acid, digoxin, carbamazepine, phenytoin, and theophylline which were peformed in more than 63.8% of participating laboratories, followed by phenobarbital, cyclosporine, tacrolimus, vancomycin, lithium, methotrexate, amikacin, gentamicin, acetaminophen, tobramycin, salicylate, free phenytoin, amitryptyline, ethosuximide, and primidone. The widely used TDM analyzers were Abbott AxSym (26.9%), followed by Abbott TDx/TDxFLx (24.8%), Roche Cobas Integra (15.1%), Siemens Diagnostics Viva-E (5.5%), Roche cobas c501 (5.1%), Siemens Diagnostics Dimension (3.4%), and many other analyzers. The inter-laboratory coefficients of variations showed similar tendency comparing with those of the previous years. The number of participating laboratories for drug of abuse (DOA) tests were 19, which was slightly increased compared to that of the previous year. Average DOA items were 3.8~4.2. We found the good performance of participating laboratories for DOA. In conclusion, the TDM and DOA external quality assessment of 2009 showed similar performance comparing with that of the recent 3 years.

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