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off-label use

Unlabeled indication, unlabeled use Pharmacology The use of a drug–eg, tretinoin, an analog of vitamin A or medical device–eg, injectable collagen, to treat a condition for which it has not received approval by a regulatory agency–eg, the FDA; OLU is common in chemotherapy of difficult-to-treat cancers, for which there is no agreement on standardized therapy
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Off-label use

A drug that is prescribed for uses, periods of time, or at dosages that are not FDA-approved.
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545, 560 (2014) ("FDA defers to physician discretion to prescribe off label, because it remains ignorant about safety and efficacy claims until they are proven.").
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1998), the court held that an FDA guidance restricting certain forms of manufacturer promotion of off label uses imposed unconstitutional restrictions on commercial speech under the First Amendment.
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