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About achicotel

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.

Big Pharma Displaces Defense Industry as Biggest Government Defrauder

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney A study released last month has found that pharmaceutical companies now pay more in False Claims Act settlements and penalties than any other industry, displacing the defense industry as the nation’s most prolific defrauder.  … Continue reading

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A Shameful Distortion of SB 303

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney In 2009, CANHR sponsored SB 303, a bill that codified California’s informed consent regulations regarding the use of psychotropic medications in nursing homes.  Dr. Karl Steinberg, a familiar name to nursing home advocates, recently … Continue reading

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Chocolate Beats Xanax

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney Saturday’s New York Times featured a front page story about new care methods for elderly people with dementia. It turns out that treating people with dementia as adults capable of feelings, preferences, and tastes … Continue reading

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CANHR Tells Senate: No More Chemical Restraints!

The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging hosted a unique forum on December 8 to review best practices in treating and caring for people with Alzheimer’s Disease.  CANHR’s Executive Director, Pat McGinnis, testified about our Stop Drugging Our Elders Campaign. … Continue reading

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The Chemical Beat Goes On

by Anthony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney California’s rate of psychoactive drug use for nursing home residents rose in 2009 and is now nearly 58%.  It appears that we could all learn a few things from Hawaii, the state with the … Continue reading

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From a Nursing Home Administrator

by Special Guest Blogger – an Administrator I have been a licensed and practicing administrator in California for many years.  I have worked in several nursing homes.  It has been my experience that it is perhaps too easy to administer … Continue reading

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Informed Consent for the “Incapacitated”

By Tony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney One of the more important reasons why overdrugging is so pervasive in nursing homes is that residents are often never asked if they agree to take psychotropic drugs that have been prescribed by a … Continue reading

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For Big Pharma, Off-label Is On-target

by Tony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney  Sunday’s New York Times featured an article highlighting the inaccurate and unsavory marketing efforts by large pharmaceutical companies to increase sales of antipsychotic medications.  The article, titled “Side Effects May Include Lawsuits,” recounts how … Continue reading

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Empty Batteries

by Tony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney According to Section 1424(e) of the California Health and Safety Code, a class B citation may be issued by the state’s Department of Public Health (“DPH”) whenever a nursing home violates a rule or … Continue reading

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Frightening Parallels to Nursing Homes in NY Times Kiddie Drugging Story

by Tony Chicotel, CANHR Staff Attorney September 2, 2010’s New York Times featured a grim story about the rising use of antipsychotic drugs on children.  I could not help but observe how the insidious use of antipsychotics such as Risperdal … Continue reading

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