FDA proposes to ease rules on off-label drug use

02/17/2008 | NYTimes.com

The FDA on Friday recommended new guidelines that would let drug and medical-device makers supply doctors with copies of journal articles on off-label uses of their products. Advocates say the proposal would give physicians access to credible scientific data that could potentially save lives, while critics argue that allowing such a practice could compromise patient safety and result in unreliable research on the benefits of drugs and devices.

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