Off-licence prescribing and regulation in psychiatry: Current challenges require a new model of governance

Philip Sugarman, Amy Mitchell, Catherine Frogley, Geoffrey l. Dickens, Marco Picchioni

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Abstract

The growing worldwide use of pharmaceuticals is managed in some countries by a regulatory system which sharply divides legal use into licensed and unlicensed categories. We examine how for the range of psychotropics this simultaneously restricts the possible benefits to patients, prescribers and producers in some domains, while failing to manage the risks in others. A more flexible system, which shares at an earlier stage experience and evidence on benefits and risks in patients, previously marginalized on the grounds of age, diagnosis or comorbidity, would aid the development of safer, more effective ‘real-world prescribing’. Practical recommendations are made for a new model of research and prescribing governance, to enable more effective repurposing of these treatments.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-243
Number of pages11
JournalTherapeutic Advances in Psychopharmacology
Volume3
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes

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