“The prescribing of antipsychotic medications persists at high levels in U.S. nursing homes despite extensive data demonstrating marginal clinical benefits and serious adverse effects, including death…”
The above quote by Becky A. Briesacher, PhD was included in a recent research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Dr. Briesacher and her colleagues found that 1 in 5 of nursing home residents are given antipsychotic medications and that, generally, those prescriptions are written off label. The majority of the prescriptions were for an atypical class of antipsychotics that are primarily used to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Yet, the majority of nursing home patients for whom prescriptions were written did not have either of those conditions. Instead, they had dementia.
What This Means to You
It is important to stay on top of the prescription drugs that your loved one is taking and to ask questions about any antipsychotic, or other drug, about which you have concerns. If the doctor is using the antipsychotic drug to control your loved one’s behavior, and not for a medical reason, then it is important to ask if safer alternatives are available and to seek a second opinion, if necessary.
When to Call a Kentucky Nursing Home Abuse Attorney
If your loved one has been hurt by a prescription drug in a Kentucky nursing home, then we encourage you to contact our lawyers, who have extensive experience with Kentucky nursing home abuse cases. We will do our best to help your loved one recover. Please call us today at 800.634.8767 or 502.210.8942 for more information.