National Public Radio recently had a frightening story, indicating that almost 300,000 nursing home residents are currently receiving antipsychotic drugs, usually to suppress their anxiety or aggression.
The news outlet reported that these drugs are often prescribed to Alzheimer’s and dementia patients, even though they are approved to treat serious mental health illnesses like schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
According to NPR, federal laws prohibit the use to antipsychotics and other psychoactive drugs for convenience, saying that there has to be documented medical need for the drugs. The news outlet reported that among the drugs prescribed are Risperdal and Haldol, both powerful antipsychotics, to residents.
The news outlet reported that a study found that “88 percent of Medicare claims for antipsychotics prescribed in nursing homes were for treating symptoms of dementia, even though the drugs aren’t approved for that.”
Many of these drugs have black box warnings about risks, including heart failure, infections and death—they should not be taken without a proper diagnosis.
Finding Legal Help Following a Nursing Home Incident
Medical malpractice can include instances of medication and prescription drug errors. Your loved one should not have to suffer because he or she is a nursing home resident suffering from dementia or an age-related issue, making him or her vulnerable to negligence.
If your loved one has been injured in a nursing home incident, you can seek damages for medical bills, therapy, rehabilitation and other out-of-pocket costs relating to death.
Our Nashville attorney is aware of the many ways medical professionals can cause serious injuries through negligence. If you need assistance, he offers free consultations. The neglect or abuse of nursing home victims is something he takes very seriously.
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