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Learn About Expanded Access and Other Treatment Options

When a patient does not respond to current approved treatments for a variety of reasons, other options still may be available. For serious and life-threatening illnesses, some patients may want to talk to their Healthcare Provider about trying an investigational drug either through a clinical trial or expanded access, or trying an approved drug that is used for a different purpose than what is listed on the FDA-approved drug label (this use is called off-label).

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Expanded Access (Compassionate Use)

Information about FDA's current expanded access policies, requirements for enrolling in expanded access programs, and steps you can take to get more information.

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Understanding Investigational Drugs and Off Label Use of Approved Drugs

Understanding Investigational Drugs and Off Label Use of Approved Drugs

It is helpful to really understand what an investigational drug is before deciding that one might be right for you. Learn the basics of what they are and how you can get access.

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