Nursing Home Settles Class-Action Lawsuit Against Over-Medication of Antipsychotic Drugs

A nursing home case has set a precedent by disputing the fact that doctors do not obtain legal consent when prescribing antipsychotic drugs to their patients.  Doctors were quoted in depositions in the case for saying it was not their job to obtain consent from family members when prescribing antipsychotic drugs to Alzheimer’s patients without schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. Family members were outraged by the medication prescribed to loved ones and how it affected their demeanor.

A lawsuit was filed when a patient who was sent to a facility for rehabilitation was given a long list of drugs, including antipsychotic drugs.  "But within a week," said her daughter, "she was in a wheelchair, slumped over, sucking on her hand, mumbling to herself, completely out of it, not even aware that I was there."  The patient was unable to rehabilitate, so she was released. It was at this point the daughter realized she was receiving so many medications. The daughter tried to wean her mother off of the drugs, but her mother was dead in two months. The case led to a class-action lawsuit that settled with the nursing home. 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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