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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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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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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