Healthcare Triage: The Surprising Difficulties of Off-Label Prescriptions

Though you may not have realized it, there’s a good chance that a doctor has prescribed you a medication for a use other than what it was approved for. This off-label use is perfectly legal, but isn’t as safe as it might be, in part because incentives to invest in costly clinical trials to test such uses are weak.

Efficient use of off-label drugs is the topic of this week’s Healthcare Triage.

This episode was adapted from a column Austin wrote for The Upshot. Links to further reading and references can be found there.


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