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Why would anyone use a drug for any reason other than what it was intended?

Many prescription drugs can provide benefits for patients that are not the drug’s primary purpose. For example, aspirin, once thought only a pain killer, has been proven to increase blood circulation and prevent heart attacks. This is an acceptable medical practice when done by an experienced physician. When a drug company specifically markets a drug for an off-label purpose, it violates Federal law, and can cause serious injuries in patients.

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