Off-label drugs allow physicians to get around unreasonable FDA restrictions.
Criticism of the FDA is an impassioned issue because they play a direct role in our health, and hold the responsibility of deciding whether a medication is approved for certain use. Drugs are often rejected for frivolous reasons, which leave doctors without tools for treating patients. Often, many other meds are approved by the FDA, and then retracted for serious side effects. So, what is a doctor to do? Off-label use of drugs is one way to circumvent the FDA’s limited menu of medications. Listen to Healthcast episode 246 and you will understand the need for off-label drugs in expanding the use of certain medications.