ARCpoint Labs of Doylestown owner Bob Kondraske was recently featured in the Intelligencer and the Bucks County Courier Times. Bob discusses how he has collaborated with local officials to launch a random drug testing program in Bucks County schools and provides information on how Bucks County parents can receive a free drug test.
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Former Johnson & Johnson executive’s new career aims to combat drug abuse
Posted: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 3:30 am
By Amanda Cregan Correspondent
The ARCpoint Labs staff, (L to R) Eric Cohen, salesman, Brittany Stein, lab technician, Bob Kondraske, President, Scott Kondraske, Director of Operations.
Bob Kondraske says a successful career that spanned decades, taking him across the U.S. to build multi-million dollar companies and launch national brands like Pepcid AC and Splenda, doesn’t compare to the joy of returning to his Bucks County hometown and reuniting his family.
The 57-year-old Doylestown man has launched a franchise called ARCpoint Labs and he aims is to change attitudes about random drug testing at schools and in the home.
“I think parents think it’s (drug abuse) not around here,” said Kondraske. “People have to really understand that it happens really everywhere.”
Twenty percent of high schools across the nation conduct random drug testing, though no Bucks County public schools do so. Central Bucks School District considered such a policy in 2009, but abandoned it because of legal concerns.
In recent months, Kondraske has been meeting with school leaders across the county hoping to convince them that random drug testing is needed in the schools. In the meantime, he has developed a home drug-testing program he calls Concerned Parents.
“If the schools aren’t going to move forward, I’m going to give parents the opportunity to sit down and have that conversation with their teenagers,” he said.
Similar to a safe-driver contract, the Concerned Parent program acts as a drug-free promise document between parents and their kids. The contract makes kids aware they’ll be subject to random or reasonable-suspicion drug testing. ARCpoint Labs will sell the drug test kits and provide the test results only to the parents.
“The parents can randomly drug test their children,” said Kondraske. “They use this as a lever. We understand that teenagers will look you right in the eye and lie.”
The contract also gives teens leverage to deal with peer pressure.
“It gives the student the ability to look at their friends and say ‘no, I’m not going to do this because I’m going to get tested,’ ” he said.
The Concerned Parent program is just one part of a Kondraske’s ARCpoint Labs in Doylestown. The company also provides drug and alcohol testing for Bucks County government, plus DNA and steroid testing for private companies. Other services include patient medication monitoring for pain specialists and other doctors as a means of identifying prescription pain drug abusers; and “telehealth” services that allow patients to speak with a physician by phone.
Kondraske, a Scranton native, began his career with McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a division of Johnson & Johnson, and spent 28 years with Johnson & Johnson and its conglomerates. In a joint venture with Merck and J&J, Kondraske oversaw the national sales team’s launch of over-the-counter heartburn reducer Pepcid AC. He also launched McNeil Nutrition, a platform for J&J pharmaceuticals, and grew that business from $20 million to $600 million over four years. He said he also was integral in launching the artificial sweetener Splenda.
Though he moved often and traveled extensively for his job, Kondraske and his family lived in Doylestown for 14 years. After accepting a general management position with a medical device company that moved Kondraske and his family to Chicago for six years, he and his wife Susan decided it was time for a change.
Their adult children were spread out in New Jersey, Kansas and Virginia, and Bob and Susan longed to return to Doylestown. The couple chose to build a franchise of Greenville, South Carolina-based ARCpoint Labs in their hometown and make it into a family business by bringing their children in to help run the company. Kondraske said he considers ARCpoint Labs a business that creates a legacy for his family and an avenue to make a positive impact in the community.
“This now sets the course so that I can always be engaged in doing what I love and making a difference,” he said.