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Report: More Antipsychotic Drugs Prescribed in Texas Nursing Homes than Almost Any Other State
The Dallas Morning News recently reported that more antipsychotic drug prescriptions are written in Texas nursing homes than in just about any other state. According to the report, there were only two states – Mississippi and Louisiana – had higher prescription rates in 2015.
A Disturbing Report
The Morning News cited a report issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that showed nearly 20 percent of Texas nursing home residents take an antipsychotic each month. Many medical professionals believe nursing home health care providers over-prescribe antipsychotic medications such as Abilify and Risperdal to sedate residents. According to the article, the American Association for Retired Persons recommends that patients with dementia should only take small doses due to potentially serious complications.
Thankfully, however, the use of antipsychotics is waning in Texas as well as the rest of the country, the article reports. More and more medical professionals are realizing that these drugs often do not produce the desired affects in patients. They are designed to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, but they are often used to reduce hallucinations and anxiety in nursing home residents.
Stand Up for Your Loved One’s Rights
If one of your loved ones is residing in a nursing home and you have any reason to suspect he or she is being mistreated, get in touch with Baron & Budd as soon as you can. Not only are residents often the victims of medical negligence, they are also physically and emotionally abused in far too many instances. Complete our online form or call 866-612-0246 to schedule a confidential consultation and learn about your potential legal options.