MAY-JUN 2018

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for an off-label use, and the patient understood that and assumed some of those risks." MEDSPA CONSIDERATIONS In medspas, off-label use can be a particularly thorny issue, since non-physicians sometimes administer these treat- ments. That is why everyone in a medical aesthetic facility must realize that off-label use is an entirely medical deci- sion. A nurse, for example, must be following a doctor's order and, if the doctor decides that a drug can be used in a manner that is not specifi ed on its label, that decision needs to be established and documented following proper delegation protocols. If a doctor is using good judgment backed by research and is forthcoming with patients about how and why they want to use a drug in a manner not directly approved by the FDA, off-label use should present no problem. How- ever, obtaining proper patient consent is vitally important. In most cases, doctors who provide off-label treatments are attempting to go the extra mile for their patients. Giving them the leeway to do so has led to numerous important medical breakthroughs and changed countless lives for the better. As long as you take proper precautions and base your medical decisions on sound science, you have little to fear from off-label usage. Alex R. Thiersch, JD, is a Chicago-based healthcare attorney and partner with ByrdAdatto Law Firm. He is also founder and director of the American Med Spa Association (AmSpa), which serves medspas and medical aesthetic physicians. Contact him at alex@american- | MAY/JUNE 2018 29 "When you use a drug off-label to treat a patient, make sure you provide the proper risk disclosures and obtain the applicable consents in writing." 1.800.221.0658 • o t.c om m m m m Injectable Fillers Botox Consultations E•Z Removable In For consultations & aesthetic injections • Ink comes off easily! • Ideal for non-surgical aesthetic procedures see it in action: b i t . l y / E Z I N K Botox® is a registered trademark of Allergan, Inc.

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