Harvard Doc Calls for Ban on Haldol

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney

Dr. Louis Caplan, a neurology professor at Harvard Medical School, reacting to a recent government report of misuse of antipsychotic drugs on elderly nursing home residents, stated he “would love to see Haldol banned from use in hospitals.”  Haldol is a long-time “conventional” antipsychotic associated with terrible side effects – like irreversible facial tics – and nearly doubles the risk of death for elderly people with dementia, to whom it is commonly prescribed.  Dr. Caplan apparently puts his money where his mouth is.  While chairman of the neurology department at Tufts Medical Center, Dr. Caplan oversaw the complete elimination of the use of Haldol in its neurology service.

 

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Anthony Chicotel is a staff attorney for CANHR. His areas of expertise include the rights of long-term care residents, nursing home litigation, health care decision-making, and conservatorships.
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