The Ethics of Therapy Selection in Dermatology


Off-label use of medication is common in many areas of medicine and particularly in dermatology. Off-label use of medication, whether by prescription or use of samples, creates special ethical issues that include informed consent, patient autonomy and the fundamental adage “first, do no harm”. The choice of medication is also influenced by the patient and appropriate use ultimately depends on a thorough discussion of the risks and benefits as well as a mutually agreed treatment plan.

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Wolz, M. and Pittelkow, M. (2014) The Ethics of Therapy Selection in Dermatology. International Journal of Clinical Medicine, 5, 1016-1019. doi: 10.4236/ijcm.2014.516132.

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