The medications we take control our ailments and make us feel better, but what many patients don’t know is that the pills they take may not be approved for their condition. After all, in the US, Canada, and the UK once a medication is approved to treat a condition, a physician can legally prescribe it for any other purpose. This medical practice of writing prescriptions for non-approved medication is called off-label prescribing or off-label drug use. Off-label prescribing is widespread in medicine: some estimates place the rate of all off-label prescriptions as high as 20%, with psychiatric drugs alone at 31%.
The new year offers a fresh start for everyone to set new goals and achieve new heights in their personal and professional lives. Life underwriters looking to get a jump on their career goals and refresh their knowledge can turn to our Underwriting Expert Series. With tips straight from industry experts, we unpack underwriting trends and challenges and offer a deep dive on the unique challenges that underwriters face.
Get ready for the year ahead by reading 16 articles that helped underwriters excel and underwrite with confidence last year:
The huge variety of products, special cases, and unique considerations that underwriters face every day make it an exciting but challenging industry to keep up with. Our expert series aims to make it a little easier by providing resources straight from industry experts on the topics that underwriters are facing now.
Critical illness (CI) insurance is an area that life underwriters face that can be complex and involve detailed review to get right. Karen McLeod, Senior Underwriter & Learning Specialist, shares her advice and top tips how to approach critical illness as a life underwriter.
Diabetes has been a longstanding area of interest for life underwriters. The Centre for Disease Control estimates that more than 30 million Americans have diabetes. The numbers appear to be rising, and it’s estimated that as many as 80 million Americans are living with prediabetes – the condition that typically leads to type II diabetes within five years. The numbers are impactful, especially since nearly 1 in 4 people with prediabetes are undiagnosed.
In this edition of our Underwriters Expert Series, we’re uncovering the risks associated with lung cancer – beyond cigarettes. Learn about other causes of this fatal disease and why life underwriters need to look at more than smoking status for assessment.
Welcome to our thirteenth installment of our Underwriting Expert Series. Check out the full series for more risk assessment tips. This week, our Senior Underwriter, Karen McLeod provides the essential knowledge you need to know as a life underwriter with regards to Concussions for Critical Illness (CI) and Life Insurance. Let's get right into it!
It's Week 12 of our Underwriting Expert Series, and we are excited to be exploring an overview of Pharmacogenetics with Senior Underwriter, Garen Markarian. Make sure to subscribe to our blog to receive the latest expert series in your inbox.
For this edition of our Underwriting Expert Series, Senior Underwriter, Karen McLeod, provides a detailed overview of the importance of colon cancer for life underwriters. As the second leading cause of death from cancer in men and third leading cause in women, it is imperative that life underwriters learn how to recognize and insure this disease.