Seventy-three percent of off-label recommendations for 160 commonly prescribed drugs were made with little or no scientific evidence to support their use. That's one of the conclusions in “Off-label Prescribing Among Office-based Physicians,” published in the May 8 edition of Archives of Internal Medicine. (The findings were based on an analysis of nationally representative data from the 2001 IMS Health National Disease and Therapeutic Index.) Given that this data came from 2001, when some ...

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