Off-label use, complex trials affect renal artery stenting

Rusk, Judith
November 2008
Cardiology Today;Nov2008, Vol. 11 Issue 11, p1
The article considers experts' views on off-label use of available renal artery stents and complicated trials of patients with hypertension. Dr. David Buckles of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that physicians can use legally-marketed device off-label or enroll patients in clinical trials and physicians often used the off-label device. Interventional radiology professor John Kaufman blames the industry, physicians, patients, health insurers and regulatory agencies for the lack of evidence in renal artery stenting.


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