Prescribing a drug for a condition it hasn't been tested for may sound reckless, but off-label prescribing has a useful function in medicine.
Our study suggests setting targets for antibiotic prescribing is the next step to curb their overuse.
A study that shows GPs are prescribing about five million too many antibiotic scripts a year means we have to take a radical new approach to reducing use of these drugs.
Now you can find out who’s wining and dining our doctors, nurses and pharmacists with publicly available data of drug company funded events.
Drug companies funded more than 116,000 educational events for doctors over four years. Now you can find out exactly which companies footed the bills and how much they paid.
If doctors prescribe generic drugs rather than their brand name equivalents, most times patients benefit.
A push towards prescribing generic medications rather than their branded equivalents, as flagged in the budget, may have benefits beyond simple cost savings.
Nurses have taken on a surprising number of tasks that were once the preserve of doctors. And they do them exceptionally well.
Off-label use is when an approved medicine is prescribed for a different reason, at a different dose, or in different patient groups than originally intended.
The off-label use of medicines is not illegal and it doesn't mean regulators have specifically "disapproved" its use. But there are a number of issues to consider before using a medicine off-label.