No lab will accept kits that are not manufactured by the laboratory unless they just happen to slip through their QC process.
Really? Why do they accept one another's kits?
Every component of laboratory testing is controlled and regulated by federal and state authorities to assure accuracy and consistency.
Really? That might be true for patient testing but insurance? And why aren't their kits the same if this is "regulated"?
You have no way of knowing which specialized preservatives are in any given container, and how they interact with the reagents used to complete the testing.
Look at the label.
Examone's red top; BD Vacutainer SST REF 367987 7.5mL
Lavendar; BD Vacutainer K2 EDTA 7.2mg REF 367844 4.0mL
Do you think Becton Dickinson makes these only for Examone?
I guess somebody in our hospital lab steals them from E1.
If you are buying lab kits you are charging for them. There is already a significant markup between the lab's price and the amount you bill the IC for the kit (or should be). This is your profit margin on the kit.
I don't know what you're talking about with "our" profit margin. The exam companies probably figured out a way to make a profit on them but they don't pass it on to examiners. For examiners it's more often than not part of their overhead expenses. I consider myself lucky if I get reimbursed for them without a fight.
As someone else already pointed out, in businesses outside of this industry they're provided for free. Why is that? Because those businesses have a choice and the labs are competing for their business. They build those costs into their testing fees so the businesses they're competing for don't tell them to go pound sand.
Allow the lab to make their profit margin as well and assure that the integrity of the specimen can't later be called into question. Cutting corners to make a couple extra bucks places everyone in the chain at risk.
Profit margin? I'm betting the labs are marking these up 300-400%. That's not a profit margin, it's rape. And it's not making
extra money, it's cutting
By the way, which lab do you work for?