Patients Offered Settlement For Prescription Of Anti-psychotic Drugs Without Consent

A nursing home has settled claims in the amount of $655,000. The claims arose from a case involving patients who did not consent to taking psychotropic drugs, but still received them. Each of the 305 patients, previously and currently at the home, was paid $600 of the total settlement.

The state law dictates that nursing home staff must“verify informed consent prior to the administration of psychotherapeutic drugs in the SNF, use of physical restraints in the SNF, or the prolonged use of a device in the SNF that may lead to the inability to regain use of a normal bodily function.” The lawsuit represents a larger advocacy to reduce the amount of anti-psychotic drugs administered. 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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