NURS-6521N-42 Week 11: Off-Label Drug Use in Pediatrics Lavoris Brown’s Main Post Off-Label Prescribing in the Pediatric Patient When prescribing drugs to pediatric patients, providers should be cognitive of the fact that children are children, not just little adults. Their metabolism, distribution, absorption, and elimination differ from adults. Effective, safe medication therapy in the pediatric population should be based on three important concepts: they are continuing to mature and develop; there are long-term as well as short-term effects that may impact their growth and development; and prescribed drugs have the potential to affect congenital, underlying, current, or chronic diseases that the child may have. “Off-label” is a term used to describe the use of a drug that is not a part of the package approved labeling for that specific drug. “Off-label” is not a description of an inappropriate, contraindicated, illegal, or investigational use of a specific drug. Prescribing of “off-label” drugs occurs when children receive drugs that have not received approval by the FDA for use in a child’s diagnosis or age.
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- Summer '15
- Pharmacology, pediatric patient, Label Drug Use