mail-order medicine

mail-order medicine

A derogatory phrase for basing therapeutic decisions solely on the results of tests–eg, radioallergosorbent test–RAST sent to a reference lab. See RAST.
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He will reveal how he experimented with mail-order medicine, steroids and "mushrooms from Russia" to try to tackle the mystery pain.
I had been given strong painkillers, sometimes steroids, I had been to see masseurs and chiropractors who had stretched and crunched me, worked out the knots in my neck and applied various odious potions, I had resorted to homeopathic medicines including vile concoctions involving exotic mushrooms from Russia - complete with handbook - and various mail-order medicines.
But manufacturers Pharmacia Upjohn are now warning the public to be careful in dealing with mail-order medicines.