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Home Tests

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Home tests can be used to screen for, diagnose, or monitor disease. Although a few home tests (for example, those that monitor blood-thinning medication) must be prescribed by your doctor, most are available over the counter (OTC) in local supermarkets or pharmacies or directly from manufacturers by Internet, phone, or mail order. For a list of examples of tests cleared by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for home use, see the following page of our article, With Home Testing, Consumers Take Charge of Their Health.