Devices for Home Evaluation of Women's Health Concerns

Kelly L. Scolaro; Kimberly Braxton Lloyd; Kristen L. Helms

Disclosures

Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2008;65(4):299-314. 

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Discussion

The home-testing market is booming, and many high-quality devices are available for purchase by patients. Technology is making the testing process easier and more efficient than ever. New products for self-testing for a variety of disorders and diseases, such as sexually transmitted diseases, amniotic fluid leakage, and even strep throat are coming to market. However, this market is not without controversy. Areas of debate include testing for HIV infection and hepatitis C, genetic and paternity testing, and home drug tests conducted on children by their parents.[97,98,99] Many clinicians are also concerned about the availability of non-FDA-approved test devices via the Internet. Pharmacists can help to educate patients and clinicians about this emerging class of devices and can report adverse experiences to FDA.

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