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Table 3 The ten most frequently prescribed off-label or unlicensed drugs

From: Pattern and extent of off-label and unlicensed drug use in neonatal intensive care units in Iran

Drug Number (%) of total prescriptions Reason(s) for off-label/unlicensed status
Ampicillin 174 (16.6) Off-label: Dose/Dosing Interval
Gentamicin 102 (9.7) Off-label: Dose/Dosing Interval
Caffeine 82 (7.8) Off-label: Age Group
Albuterol 73 (7) Off-label: Dose/Dosing Interval/Indication
Cefotaxime 71 (6.8) Off-label: Dose/Dosing Interval/Indication
Vancomycin 48 (4.6) Off-label: Dose/Dosing Interval
Furosemide 43 (4.1) Off-label: Dose/Indication
Unlicensed: Modified Formulation
Phenobarbital 39 (3.7) Off-label: Dose/Dosing Interval/Indication
Unlicensed: Modified Formulation
Ranitidine 25 (2.4) Off-label: Dose/Indication
Amikacin 19 (1.8) Off-label: Dose/Dosing Interval/Indication