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Indian Medical Association wants off-label prescribing

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 22 April 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:974
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    The Indian Medical Association has sought legislative changes for doctors in India to be able to lawfully prescribe drugs for treatments other than those for which the drugs were initially approved, a demand some doctors have called “irresponsible” and “dangerous.”

    In a policy statement submitted to the health ministry the association said doctors inIndia should be allowed to prescribe drugs for unapproved indications when there is scientific evidence and medical opinion to justify such “off-label” treatment.

    “Doctors should have the right to provide patients the benefits associated with off-label use …

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