Study: Newer Antipsychotic Drugs Are Overused
Researchers Say Many Doctors Prescribe Drugs Despite Lack of Evidence of Effectiveness
Putting the Brakes on Inappropriate Use continued...
“Off-label prescribing is an important component of practice,” Lieberman says. “The reason is that it really takes a lot of money for a drug company to jump through all the hoops to get an FDA indication. There may be good evidence that a drug is effective in a given condition, but the company doesn’t see enough of a market there to get it approved.”
But he admits that many doctors may be using too free a hand with the prescription pad.
“On the other hand, you don’t want to be promiscuous and abuse that privilege,” he says.