The Office of Inspector General for the DHHS confirmed that nursing homes continue to give unsafe psychotropic drugs to residents. The failure or refusal to cease the unsafe practice after decades of FDA warnings is shocking.
Read the report —Long-Term Trends of Psychotropic Drug Use in Nursing Homes.
Eight out of 10 nursing home residents received psychotropic drugs from 2011-2019. Residents of facilities with low staff ratios and with high shares of low-income people are more likely to receive psychotropic medicines. (Berryman, 11/17)
Antiepileptic prescriptions are on the rise in nursing homes. Caregivers give antiepileptics to nursing home residents with dementia despite no scientific to support its use in this population. This needs to stop. Full findings were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.