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Raman and SERS identification of a combination prescribed opioid

Photo of the the handheld MIRA DS in operation

Handheld Raman spectrometers are valued for their ability to provide onsite material identification in seconds. A simple point-and-shoot analysis of bulk materials with the handheld MIRA DS results in chemical identification accompanied by both statistical support and relevant colour-coded warnings. In the case of combination pharmaceuticals, a single tablet contains more than one active ingredient in different proportions. MIRA DS can identify multiple compounds in such tablets by using Raman to identify the major component and SERS (surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy) for the minor component.

This application describes quick, dual analysis of a prescription medication containing acetaminophen and hydrocodone. The application is easily extrapolated to the study of street drugs. With MIRA DS, forensic analysis of tablets reaches a whole new level of accuracy.

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