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Off-Label Medication Use.
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PMID:  22897212     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Prescribing medications for off-label uses is not illegal. Off-label prescribing includes using medications for unapproved indications; using a drug outside of the recommended dosage range or duration of use; using a drug in certain unapproved patient populations, such as those defined by age, sex, or particular clinical parameters; or intentionally using a medication in a patient who has a known contraindication. Medications would be considered appropriate for off-label use based on their known clinical pharmacology, evidence from clinical studies, and sometimes from the personal experience of the prescriber. The decision to use a drug off label should be based on a careful assessment of the patient's treatment history and the drug's potential risks and benefits. Patients should be given adequate informed consent about how the drug is being used off label and why, along with appropriate information about known risks and side effects.
Robert H Howland
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-8-17
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of psychosocial nursing and mental health services     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0279-3695     ISO Abbreviation:  J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv     Publication Date:  2012 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-8-17     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8200911     Medline TA:  J Psychosoc Nurs Ment Health Serv     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-3     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright 2012, SLACK Incorporated.
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