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Policies and Processes of DHBs Related to Off-label Drugs to be Scrutinized

by Savitha C Muppala on  July 31, 2013 at 9:17 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
The Southern District Health Board has agreed that some important alterations are needed following investigation into its use of animal tranquilliser Ketamine, which is also used by some humans as a recreational high.
 Policies and Processes of DHBs Related to Off-label Drugs to be Scrutinized
Policies and Processes of DHBs Related to Off-label Drugs to be Scrutinized
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Speaking about the Health and Disability Commission (HDC) investigation report, The DHB's chief medical officer, David Tulloch, said, "It is a thorough report and makes sensible recommendations which we have already begun a process to implement It is a complex area and it will help improve the processes of Southern DHB and other DHBs nationally."

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Policies and processes of the Southern DHB and DHBs across the country pertaining to off-label prescribing of drugs will now be scrutinized in detail as a result of the investigation.

It is high time some of the policies protocols and procedures are tightened up concerning treatments with off-label drugs. The report also feels that audits of the policies are needed to ensure their effectiveness and the results should be reported to the HDC.



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