CANHR is resolved to end the misuse of psychoactive drugs in nursing homes. This blog is our primary forum for discussing how to change the pro-drugging culture of most nursing homes, physicians and nursing staff. Please help us by sharing your experiences, newsworthy developments and suggestions here.

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Cough Suppressant – The New Choice in Chemical Restraint?

For years, pharmaceutical company Avanir has been steadily drumming up support for use of its drug Nuedexta as a “treatment” for dementia related “symptoms.” The September edition of an American Medical Director’s Association newsletter recently featured a story touting the … Continue reading

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A Risperdal Case Study

Mad in America, a group focused on re-examining mental health treatment, recently posted the following article that recounts one family’s experience with antipsychotic drug use in a nursing home. While this happened in 2009, before the recent federal and state … Continue reading

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Measuring Quality Through Antipsychotic Use (or Non-Use)

Since December 2008, the federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has used a five-star quality ratings system as a measure of the quality of care provided in nursing homes to include in its consumer-oriented Nursing Home Compare … Continue reading

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Care-Plan-In-a-Can Is Not Acceptable Dementia Care

In an earlier post, we talked about the CMS “focused surveys” to examine the dementia care provided at a handful of nursing homes in a few states, including California. The survey teams found many examples of poor dementia care by … Continue reading

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CMS Antipsychotic Surveys Reveal Drugging Misuse. Future Efforts Left to Volunteers

Back in March, CMS issued a report with the results of its focused dementia care survey pilot. The pilot project involved CMS and state regulators teaming up to “more thoroughly examine the process for prescribing antipsychotic medication and assess compliance … Continue reading

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A $3.8 Million Bummer

Last year, we heaped praise on the U.S. Department of Justice for filing a False Claims Act against two Watsonville, California nursing homes that had dangerously drugged multiple residents over several years. This week, the Department announced the case had … Continue reading

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No Surprises Why Nursing Homes Give Antipsychotics

Alice Bonner, one of the architects of CMS’s national initiative to reduce antipsychotic use in nursing homes, has co-authored a study investigating why antipsychotics are so often used on nursing home residents with dementia. The study, published in the Feb. … Continue reading

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What We Hope Comes from the New GAO Report on Antipsychotics

A GAO report released this week has found nationwide overuse of antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia. The focus of the report was explicitly outside of nursing homes. While 1 in 3 nursing home residents with dementia are given typically … Continue reading

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Prominent Psychiatrist Calls for Written Informed Consent for All Meds

Dr. Allen Frances, a professor emeritus at Duke University and the Chair of the DSM IV Task Force, has written that informed consent is a vital component to medical treatment and should be required, in writing, for all use of … Continue reading

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Antipsychotics Cause Huge Increase in Falls for Elder Adults

A new study has found a 52% increase in falls for elderly people who take an antipsychotic drug, whether they live in a nursing home or some other place. Antipsychotics were also found associated with a 50% increase in serious … Continue reading

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