Valuing money over patient health, pharmaceutical manufacturers are typically
“Off-label” refers to uses which have not yet received approval
or proper testing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Unfortunately,
Big Pharma has been promoting the use of medications to physicians for
various “off-label” reasons.
So how does the pharmaceutical industry get away with this? They are actually
using the First Amendment as a defense of its dangerous and potentially
fatal marketing tactics. Big Pharma appears to think that freedom of speech
should protect it from marketing unapproved and untested medication uses.
It is important to understand that the industry is now wishing the FDA
to adopt this perspective. If the FDA were to change this policy, the
health and wellbeing of patients would be placed in serious danger. There
are many examples of people falling ill or even dying due to illegal off-label
Evidence shows that off-label, unapproved medication use is extremely hazardous
and can result in fatalities. When a medication is prescribed for an unapproved
use, the chance of adverse side-effects increases by 50 percent. In addition,
over three-quarters of all unapproved uses are utterly unproven, meaning
that more than 75 percent of the time that medicine is prescribed for
an off-label use, it doesn’t help whatsoever.
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