Lawmakers propose allowing pharma to share off-label information

http://www.mmm-online.com/lawmakers-propose-allowing-pharma-companies-to-share-some-off-label-information/article/405073/

A proposal under discussion in Congress would allow pharmaceutical companies to legally share what is considered off-label product information for FDA-approved drugs…

Please, this information is already shared and disseminated, whether it’s legal or not.  Maybe what Big Pharma really wants is protection against the FDA for advertising drugs off-label.  After all, doctors read certain magazines, so informing doctors of off-label uses could include advertisements.  Used to be the companies just paid the fines for breaking the law, but maybe they’re now trying a little preventative medicine.

A study published in JAMA in 2006 estimates that 20% of US prescriptions are off-label. Other studies suggest that 80% of prescriptions for children are off-label and that off-label prescriptions tend to be written more in certain categories, such as oncology and pain management, according to an abstract published in the Duke Law Journal in December…

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