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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Medical Devices

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Specific Devices for Home Use

This page provides important information about FDA-regulated medical products commonly used in the home including home use tests.

 

Home Use Tests

Home use tests allow you to test for some diseases or conditions in the privacy of your own home. These tests are cost-effective, quick, and confidential. Home use tests can help:

  • detect possible health conditions when you have no symptoms, so that you can get early treatment and lower your chance of developing later complications (such as cholesterol testing, hepatitis testing).
  • detect specific conditions when there are no signs so that you can take immediate action (such as  pregnancy testing).
  • monitor conditions to allow frequent changes in treatment (such as glucose testing to monitor blood sugar levels in diabetes).