Report Reveals Improper Use of Anti-Psychotics is Increasing in Nursing Homes

According to a new federal report nearly 9 in10 dementia patients in nursing homes are being given powerful anti-psychotic drugs, even though the drugs aren’t approved for that purpose. One state Senator is outraged that so many elderly people with Alzheimer’s disease are being fed medications that don’t help and might even harm them.

The Senator is sending a letter to the administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in response to the report. He says the government needs to do a better job of protecting nursing home residents from unnecessary drugs. He is also working to hold nursing homes accountable for the quality of care delivered to nursing home patients.

Officials say Alzheimer’s patients who don’t have a diagnosis of psychosis can be seriously harmed by anti-psychotic drugs. The report issued by the Department of Health and Human Services found that 88% of  the anti-psychotic drugs being prescribed to nursing home residents with dementia were for uses that have not been approved by the FDA. These drugs contain warnings of an increased risk of death in elderly patients with dementia. 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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