Overuse of Antipsychotics is Costly, Dangerous for Dementia Patients

Simple Tool May ID Dementia Risk in Seniors
Simple Tool May ID Dementia Risk in Seniors
The Government Accountability Office has issued a report asserting that doctors are overprescribing antipsychotic drugs to dementia patients.

Federal investigators say they have found evidence of widespread overuse of psychiatric drugs by older Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, and are recommending that Medicare officials take immediate action to reduce unnecessary prescriptions.

The findings will be released Monday by the Government Accountability Office, an arm of Congress, and come as the Obama administration has already been working with nursing homes to reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications like Abilify, Risperdal, Zyprexa and clozapine. But in the study, investigators said officials also needed to focus on overuse of such drugs by people with dementia who live at home or in assisted living facilities.

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