Don't treat off-label scripts like CAM, Medical Board told

The AMA says proposed guidelines on alternative therapies may have 'unintended consequences'

Off-label prescribing by doctors needs to be left out of any regulatory clampdown on complementary and alternative medicine, the AMA says.

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The AMA has warned that doctors who write off-label scripts for evidence-based therapies are being lumped together with those offering herbal remedies and even homeopathy, under draft guidelines drawn up by the Medical Board of Australia last year.

The draft includes explicit warnings against doctors initiating treatment without a “reasonable expectation” of clinical benefit and is widely seen