Tag Archives: antipsychotic drugs

Nursing Home Abuse: Lack Of Informed Consent

A National Study has concluded that many nursing homes fail to obtain  informed consent prior to the implementation of medical treatments.  Informed consent is obtained only when the proposed medical treatment is explained to the resident and the resident gives permission to the nursing home to administer the treatment.  LTCCC states:   “People do not forfeit […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Johnson & Johson Pharmaceuticals Pays 2.2 Billion Settlement As A Result Of Antipsychotic Drug Promotions

Johnson & Johnson, a pharmaceutical company has paid 2.2 billion dollars to settle claims that it improperly promoted the use of antipsychotics for nursing home residents.  As part of this settlement, Janssen, a J&J subsidiary, plead guilty to a misdemeanor criminal charge that Risperdal, an antipsychotic medication, was pushed by sales representatives for uses not […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Antipsychotic Drugs To Control Behavior Is A Chemical Restraint

The Record had an excellent article on Sunday, July 14, 2013, on the use of psychotic drugs to control behavior and the attempts by nursing homes to wean residents off the drugs with more personalized attention.  Antipsychotic drugs, administered to make residents less demanding, can cause the resident to become agitated, nasty, difficult etc..  On […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Medicare Paid Billions For Poor Nursing Home Care

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a report in February, 2013 outlining the results of a study that was conducted in 42 states in 2009 with 1.1 million patient visits.  The study found that Medicare paid 5.1B for poor care in skilled nursing facilities.  The study also found that many of  these […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Senate Bill Requiring Informed Consent For Antipsychotics

On September 20, 2012, Senators Kohl (D-WI), Grassley (R-IA) and Blumental (D-CT) introduced Senate Bill 3604, the Improving Dementia Care Treatment for Older Adults Act, which would require nursing homes, accepting Medicare and Medicaid, to obtain informed consent before antipsychotic medication is prescribed for a resident with dementia.  The bill requires a process to be […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Use of Antipsychotic Drugs Is A Hidden Peril to Residents

On April 29, 2012, the Boston Globe published an extensive article on the hidden peril of antipsychotic drugs being used by nursing homes to control behavior of residents.  The article reports that federal data show that 185,000 nursing home residents are being given antipsychotic drugs contrary to federal nursing home regulators’ recommendations.  The article reports […]

Nursing Home Abuse: The Importance of the Geriatrician

A new article published in Therapeutic Advances in Chronic Disease, 12/29/11, discusses the importance of a multidisciplinary review of the care and treatment of the elderly.  This article emphasizes the problems with drug interactions and use of anti-psychotic medications. The article recommends a team approach.  The general practitioner and pharmacist should not be replaced.  Rather, […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Use of Psych Drugs For Sedation

Government inspectors testified on Wednesday before the Senate Committee on Aging that nursing homes are using anitpsychiotic drugs off label to pacify aggressive behavior related to dementia even though such use was warned against in the drug labeling.  The government inspectors proposed that Medicare force nursing homes to pay for the inappropriate drugs and to […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Senators Seek Investigation of Use of Atypical Antipsychotics

Senators Charels Grassley and Herb Kohl have requested that Medicare investigate the overuse of atypical antipsychotics in nursing homes reports Medpage Today. Atypical antipsychotics are approved to treat schizophrenia and bipolar disorder but have not been approved to treat dementia. Citing the 2011 report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the […]

Nursing Home Abuse: Antipsychotics For Dementia

Daniel R. Levinson, Inspector General, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services issued his opinion on the use of antipsychotic drugs for nursing home patients. He described a new report by his office that makes clear how crucial family intervention is with nursing home patients. Families should monitor and ask questions. The report found that […]