Nursing Home Medication Errors and Over-Prescription Of Antipsychotic Drugs Are On The Rise

One state has noticed an increase in the over-prescription of antipsychotic drugs to patients. Families are noticing behavior changes in family members and alerting the nursing home. "We had noticed some behavior issues with him, and we couldn't pinpoint what was going on because he started sundowning a lot. He wasn't talkative anymore," said one family member of a patient at a local nursing home.

The increase of medication errors has risen from 1,060 in 2011 to 1,260 in 2013. "These are things that are completely preventable. They shouldn't happen,"said an AARP representative. There has also been an increase in staff medication errors by 78%. For more, read the story.
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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