Dangerous Antipsychotic Drug Administration Rarely Penalized
INDIANA NURSING HOME ABUSE ATTORNEYS
Antipsychotic drugs, such as Seroquel, have helped many people with serious mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. But for older people with Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia, they can be deadly. The Food and Drug Administration has given these drugs a black box warning, saying they can increase the risk of heart failure, infections and death. Yet almost 300,000 nursing home residents still get them.
In response to this, in 2012 the federal government started a campaign to get nursing homes to reduce their use of these drugs. But an investigation into whether this program has cut down on the number of these dangerous drugs given to nursing home patients shows that the government rarely penalizes nursing homes.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services the percentage of nursing home patients that are receiving these drugs have dropped a minor 5% from 2011 through 2014. The U.S. average of long-stay residents who receive an antipsychotic medication still sits at 19.0%. While the percentage of these patients is decreasing, the total number of patients is on the rise.
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