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Postby DryEye » Fri Apr 27, 2007 6:31 pm

Are all enhancements considered "off label" use?
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Postby JPD » Fri Apr 27, 2007 11:19 pm

I don't know why they would be.
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Postby LasikExpert » Tue May 01, 2007 1:42 am

Off-label use means any use of an FDA approved medical device or pharmaceutical for which it was not specifically approved. The off-label use of a device is considered appropriate when a surgeon in his or her opinion deems the use to be beneficial for the patient. There are many, many examples of off-label use, such as giving a person suffering from a heart attack an aspirin. Aspirin is not approved to treat heart attacks.

Excimer lasers are approved for use on virgin eyes, therefore any enhancement surgery would be considered an off-label use of the excimer laser, however this use would be within the "practice of medicine" rules and thereby appropriate.

FYI: At first all excimer lasers were approved for PRK and Lasik was an off-label use. Recent approvals are for Lasik and PRK is an off-label use.
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