Everything listed under: antipsychotic drugs

  • One State’s Governor Signs Bill to Require Consent before Administering Anti-psychotic Drugs for Nursing Home Patients

    Statistics reveal for one state that anti-psychotic drugs are over-administered to nursing home patients more than any other state in the country. The concern is for patients with no psychiatric diagnosis, but are administered these drugs for restraining combativeness. The governor of this state just signed a bill that would require consent from the patient and/or the patient’s responsible party before administering these drugs.   Read More...

  • Set of Bills Circulating in One State to Decrease Use of Anti-psychotics in Nursing Home Facilities

    Senior advocates in one state are working hard to ensure that the use of anti-psychotic drugs in nursing home facilities continues to decrease. The use of these drugs can have dire consequences for seniors with dementia and related disorders due to the heightened risks of falls, strokes, and other complications. Two bills circulating in this state would require the written consent of either the patient or the patient’s family before administering the anti-psychotic drugs, if passed.Accordi...  Read More...

  • Bill Pending To Reduce The Use Of Antipsychotic Drugs

    A bill pending in one state will make it more difficult for nursing home facilities to administer antipsychotic drugs to nursing home residents if it passes. The purpose of the bill is to prevent nursing home patients from being drugged to reduce the level of care required. The patient may be less interactive, combative, etc.   Read More...

  • Nursing Homes Overuse Antipsychotic Drugs In Dementia Patients

    One state known to be one of the worst for overusing antipsychotic drugs with dementia patients has some nursing homes trying to reduce the use of these drugs. One nursing home is advocating alternate care and education of staff to combat the excessive use. Patients with dementia receive medication orders for antipsychotic drugs that are not actually approved to treat dementia. Advocates of reducing use of the drugs are promoting focus on the underlying reasons for the behavior attempting t...  Read More...

  • Nursing Home Administered Antipsychotic Drugs Reduced By One Fifth Since 2011

    It is becoming less common for nursing homes to administer antipsychotic drugs to residents with dementia. The drugs have been given in many cases to patients unnecessarily. These particular drugs are usually given to suppress violent or physical outbursts and unnecessary shouting In addition to the drug being administered unnecessarily, the prescriptions for the drugs were often “off-label”, or not yet approved by the FDA.   Read More...