legitimate medical practice


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legitimate medical practice

Any form of treatment that is accepted under the Medical Practice Acts enacted by each of the fifty U.S. states.
See also: practice
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(11) Off-label use is an important part of mainstream, legitimate medical practice and is a worldwide phenomenon.
Attorney General Reno declined to do so, finding instead that the CSA was not intended to replace the states as the primary regulators of the medical profession, or to override an individual state's determination as to what constitutes legitimate medical practice. The states, through their licensing boards, have traditionally had the authority and responsibility for determining what constitutes good medical (and other professional) practice within their borders.
She ruled that by rescinding its own penalties for assisting the suicides of certain patients, Oregon had effectively succeeded in unilaterally amending federal drug laws as well, establishing assisted suicide as a "legitimate medical practice" within Oregon's borders.
Ashcroft and federal lawyers argued that assisted suicide is not a legitimate medical practice and that the Controlled Substances Act, a 1971 drug law, gave him authority to act against doctors who prescribed federally controlled drugs to help a dying patient commit suicide.
Ashcroft had argued that the CSA gave federal prosecutors the right to decide that assisting suicide is not part of legitimate medical practice. Jones disagreed: "The CSA was never intended, and the USDOJ and the DEA were never authorized, to establish a national medical practice [standard] or act as a national medical board.