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Unlicensed and “Off-Label” Medicines including “Specials”

Last Updated: 28 February 2018

Body System: General prescribing advice


This document is a good practice guide to support prescribers with prescribing unlicensed and “off-label” medicines. It describes the differences between licensed medicines, unlicensed medicines and “off-label” medicines. It advises prescribers on a stepped approach when considering what to prescribe, and highlights the prescriber’s responsibilities and best practice around patient communication.