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Commentary: Euthanasia drugs article in the NZ Herald.

20 Apr 2021 6:08 PM | Pip Patston (Administrator)

Unapproved use of an approved drug is often called “off-label” use. This term can mean that the drug is:

  • Used for a disease or medical condition that it is not approved to treat, such as when a chemotherapy is approved to treat one type of cancer, but healthcare providers use it to treat a different type of cancer.
  • Given in a different way, such as when a drug is approved as a capsule, but it is given instead in an oral solution.
  • Given in a different dose, such as when a drug is approved at a dose of one tablet every day, but a patient is told by their healthcare provider to take two tablets every day. (source:

Dr Gary Payinda


  • 20 Apr 2021 10:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Thank goodness for a doctor who will counter the misleading spin. Some journos rely on making use of misunderstood jargon or unknown technical terminology to lead the innocent public into understanding something different. There is no place for scaremongering. Assisted dying will be a legal medical service as of 7 November. It's time to stop prosecuting the moral argument via misinformation and leave people (doctors and patients) to decide whether they want to use it or not.
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