State Senator Proposes Legislation to Curb Overuse of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

A senator from Connecticut has initiated measures to crack down on the over-prescription of antipsychotic drugs to elderly dementia patients. The senator has proposed legislation aimed at reducing the instances of “off-label” prescriptions for dementia patients in nursing homes.

Off-label prescribing includes writing prescriptions for uses not approved by the FDA. While not an illegal practice, it’s puts elderly at risk of dangerous and sometimes lethal side effects and costs taxpayers due to excessive Medicare claims.

The proposed legislation would require the informed consent of the family of the patient or some other guardian. The bill would also require caregivers to get more training to discourage the overuse of medications. The senator hopes the legislation will encourage healthcare providers to seek out alternative solutions for treating dementia patients. 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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