Released under licence
Matt Griffiths Visiting professor of prescribing and medicines management, Birmingham City University
Can I administer unlicensed medicines to patients?
All medicines go through clinical drug trials as part of their licensing procedure. If a drug has not undergone clinical trials, it is classed as an unlicensed medicine. Medicines are licensed to show which conditions they can be used for, the normal doses, the form the medicine takes (such as tablet or liquid), which groups of patients they can be used for, and any known side effects or drug-on-drug interactions.
Nursing Standard. 32, 6, 28-28. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.6.28.s26