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French 'reverse off-label' prescribing vote angers pharma industry

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The pharmaceutical industry has hit out once more against the growing trend by governments in the EU to promote as a means of saving money the off-label use of drugs in indications for which an approved medicine is already available. The reaction came in response to a vote by the French National Assembly (the lower house) on 8 July to approve an amendment to the government's draft social security budget bill that would allow the off-label use of medicines as long as no identical product existed (previously it was only allowed if no authorized product existed)1.

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