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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Omnicare Accused of Kickback Scheme to Give Depakote for Dementia

Strong allegations from the U.S. Department of Justice: Omnicare Accused of Accepting Kickbacks to Promote Anti-Seizure Drug Depakote to Control Nursing Home Residents with Dementia.

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Tales of the Remaining 85%

In early 2012, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a campaign to reduce the misuse of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes with great fanfare.  The centerpiece of the campaign was a goal to reduce the overall use … Continue reading

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NPR Tells the Story of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

In a three-part series this week, NPR took on the persistent problem of antipsychotics in nursing homes. While many nursing home providers and policy makers have trumpeted the recent reductions in overall antipsychotic use, the NPR stories reminded us why … Continue reading

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American Geriatrics Society: Use Non-Pharm Options First when Treating Delirium

The American Geriatrics Society released some new guidelines regarding the prevention and treatment of post-operative delirium in older adults. Delirium is often cited as a justification for using psychotropic drugs. The guidelines essentially state that patients with delirium or at … Continue reading

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The Proper Standard for Dementia Care

The Center for Medicare Services (CMS) formally adopted changes to its guidance to federal nursing home surveyors last week. Although the new guidance on dementia care had been previously released via memorandum, the standards are very good and are worth … Continue reading

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“Overprescribed” Three Years Later – A CMS Report Card

Yesterday was the third anniversary of the Nov. 30, 2011 U.S. Senate Committee on Aging’s hearing “Overprescribed: The Human and Taxpayers’ Cost of Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes.” The statements of the Senators at the hearing and the testimony of the … Continue reading

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Informed Consent as Farce

A class action lawsuit was recently filed and certified against a Central California nursing home for systematic violations of its residents’ rights to give or withhold informed consent before being administered psychotropic drugs. The case is perhaps the best example … Continue reading

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Depakote as Deadly as Antipsychotics

A new study has found that – no surprise at all – antipsychotics are associated with a much higher death rate for people with dementia.  After looking at death rates for people with dementia who were given an antipsychotic compared … Continue reading

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Informed Consent Rights Are Every Bit as Strong in Hospitals as in Nursing Homes

The issue of hospital-initiated antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia is one of the many reasons for the overuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes.  Antipsychotics are started in the hospital the drugs typically stay with the resident as she moves … Continue reading

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New Study: Benzos Are Really Bad News

In a recent study the NY Times calls “disturbing,” researchers reviewing years of medical records for 9,000 people found a very strong link between benzodiazapenes (anti-anxiety drugs) and Alzheimer’s Disease.  The NY Times article does a great job of analyzing … Continue reading

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