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Ohio patients may be getting unapproved drugs

Those who take medications to treat specific health conditions may be unaware that the drugs they have been prescribed were not actually approved by the FDA for such treatments. According to some data, up to 12 percent of all drug prescriptions are used for conditions other than those the drugs in question were actually manufactured and tested to remedy. In some cases, like those involving children, the prevalence of such off-label drug use may be even higher.

Some off-label drug usage can have unintended side effects. One doctor points to the common usage of a malaria drug in treating restless leg syndrome, which can cause problems because the substance isn't supposed to be taken for long periods of time. A November 2015 study revealed that drugs used without evidence of their efficacy for treating given conditions result in 54 percent more negative outcomes.

Some doctors maintain that they have few other good alternatives than prescribing off-label drugs. For instance, Alzheimer's patients who suffer from dementia may exhibit aggressive behaviors that make it hard for their families to deal with them. Doctors who prescribe these patients FDA-approved drugs for cognitive issues note that such solutions do little to help with the dementia and may actually cause Parkinson's-like symptoms. This could contribute to doctors prescribing non-approved drugs that target agitation but haven't been proven to treat dementia in independent studies.

Off-label prescription usage may result in medication errors that could lead to serious health issues and the need for additional and expensive treatment. Victims may want to have legal assistance when seeking compensation for medical expenses and other losses.

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