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HealthStar merges with DriverCheck

TORONTO, Ont. -- DriverCheck and HealthStar Enterprises Corporation have merged their drug and alcohol testing busi...


TORONTO, Ont. — DriverCheck and HealthStar Enterprises Corporation have merged their drug and alcohol testing businesses, through the Oct. 1, 2004 acquisition of HealthStar by DriverCheck. <br>
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The new entity has become Canada’s largest player in the drug and alcohol testing industry, commanding about 75 per cent of the market for drug testing services. <br>
Under the new entity, the DriverCheck wing will service the trucking industry, while the HealthStar division of DriverCheck will service non-trucking industries. DriverCheck/HealthStar provides drug and alcohol testing 24/7.<br>
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Dr. Barry Kurtzer, president and senior medical review officer at HealthStar since its inception, has taken on the position of Chief Medical Review Officer (MRO) and will play a predominant role as expert witness should the need arise. DriverCheck president Dr. Chris Page will continue to perform the MRO function along with Dr. Kurtzer.<br>
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The country’s provincial trucking associations and the Canada Trucking Alliance will continue to be significant supporters of DriverCheck/HealthStar and cooperative efforts will be undertaken, according to CTA officials.<br>
As a result of the merger, clients will enjoy additional benefits, including: <br>
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Ability to connect clients to a Web-based electronic management system (eManda) which will allow clients to manage their entire program online and confidentially access results hours sooner than the old-fashioned email/fax system. <br>
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Higher combined lab volume will assure the best prices possible at a time when lab costs are rising dramatically due to imminent U.S. regulatory changes, and courier costs are spiraling because of sustained high oil prices. <br>
Higher volumes and increased shipping density will translate into improved turnaround times.<br>
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There will be a larger selection of collection sites. <br>
Dr. Kurtzer and Dr. Chris Page will be sharing the MRO duties so that a senior MRO will always be available. <br>
For more info contact DriverCheck at 1-800-463-4310 or visit www.drivercheck.ca<br>
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