Tuesday, January 12, 2010

FDA warning reduced antipsychotic use in dementia patients

Antipsychotics are often used as a 'chemical cosh' to control behaviour problems in people with dementia. Studies have shown that this can have damaging effects on people's health and in 2005 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning about them. Researchers from the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York have been monitoring the prescription of antipsychotics to this group and have found that there has been a 19% fall since 2005.

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