Antipsychotic Drugs Overused In Nursing Home Residents As A Quick Fix

The U.S. Department of Justice is handing out criminal charges to pharmaceutical drug companies for marketing their products over-aggressively. The use of antipsychotic drugs is on the rise in nursing homes where dementia is rampant. The concern is that nursing homes are looking for easy ways to sedate agitated patients and respond to the marketing to make a quick fix for a larger problem.

Nursing home staff use drugs intended primarily for schizophrenic patients, rather than to treat the agitation that comes from dementia. The danger is that these drugs can create a high risk for stroke. Alternative methods for calming patients exist, but the use of those methods is seldom, because these methods are not promoted or proven as strongly. For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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