Prescription Drugs: FDA's Oversight of the Promotion of Drugs for Off-Label Uses

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DIANE Publishing, 2008 - 41 pages
The FDA regulates the promotion of prescription drugs (PD) to ensure that promotional materials are not false and misleading and that they comply with applicable laws and regulations. FDA prohibits drug co. from promoting PD for off-label uses -- that is, for a condition or patient population for which the PD has not been approved or in a manner that is inconsistent with info. found on the approved PD label. Although doctors may prescribe PD off label, it is not permissible for drug co. to promote PD for off-label uses. FDA may take regulatory actions for violations. This report provides info. about the promotion of PD for off-label uses. It reviewed: how FDA oversees the promotion of off-label uses of PD; and what actions have been taken to address off-label PD.
 

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