Before You Write That Prescription: Guidelines for Ordering Lab Tests
The Carlat Psychiatry Report, Volume 13, Number 11&12, November 2015
Rajnish Mago, MD
Director, Mood Disorders Program, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Thomas Jefferson University
Dr. Mago discloses that he has received research grants from Alkermes, Allergan (formerly Forest Laboratories), Genomind, and Takeda, and that he has been a paid consultant to Genomind, Guidepoint Global, Otsuka, and Lundbeck. Dr. Carlat has reviewed this article and found no evidence of bias in this educational activity.
Mental health clinicians often ask for a single, black-and-white answer to the question: Which lab tests should I order before starting this particular medication? Inevitably, the answer is that it depends. Here are some guidelines that are useful.