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April 25, 2006



I'm not so sure that off-label drug use is not a big deal.

The question is whether doctors get to decide which treatments might have enough of a chance with a particular patient to be worth trying, or whether insurers get the extra leverage to intervene and say, nah, you don't fit the guidelines, so even though this was prescribed to you, we won't cover it.

Seems like kind of a big deal (even if tactically perhaps it's not so well-known...)


I'm kind of surprised to learn that insurers cover off-label drug use at all. I wonder what the liability of that would be if off-label use resulted in a tragic outcome but the insurer approved it.

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