A Healthesystems publication

Summer 2017

How Off-Label Prescribing Drives a Claim Off Course

Off-label prescribing, or the prescribing of drug therapies outside their approved use, occurs commonly with certain medications in workers’ comp. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is now also considering granting drug manufacturers new leeway to promote off-label use of their products, which could further impact prescribing trends. While off-label use of drug therapies is sometimes medically warranted, there are many examples of it in workers’ comp that are ineffective and can present a safety risk to the patient.

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