Factoid: Off-Label Use

I cut this from one of the many e-mail clipping services I use. It said that “20% …of the 725 million U.S. prescriptions written in 2001 went to treat conditions not approved on the drugs’ labels” according to a study published in Archives of Internal Medicine.

I always wonder:

  • How do physicians know to use a prescription off label?
  • How is that information shared? (I think drug reps are prohibited from promoting off-label use.)
  • How do patients and pharmacists respond to off-label use?

One Response to “Factoid: Off-Label Use”

  1. Very surprising statistic… we’ll have to check out that piece of research. Thanks for the heads up. (Your blog is daily reading over here, by the way.)

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