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Is Anti Psychotic Drug Use Soaring in our Nursing Homes?

Posted on Tue, August 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm

Originally posted April, 2014.

The Toronto Star Reports in an article here:

Toronto Star Article

that the use of very potent and powerful antipsychotic drugs are becoming commonplace in Ontario nursing homes.  This is concerning to us at NursingHomeRatings on a number of levels.  

First, atypical antipsychotic medication among those with dementia has been shown to increase the risk of death by as much as 60%.  Second, according to the Toronto Star article above, these drugs are being administered widely; at forty homes in Ontario, nearly half of all residents are consuming them and in almost 300 homes, nearly 1/3 of residents are taking antipsychotics.  One home in downtown Toronto (Leisureworld on St. George St.) has 67% of residents on antipsychotics.

This issue has been brought into the public eye upon the recent death of Ethyl Geraldine Anderson, or "Aunt Gerry", as she was known.  Four months after being administered antipsychotics for the first time, she died.  Her case has received wide media attention.

As always, we urge all readers to be aware of your loved one's prescriptions, and, in light of this new focus on antipsychotics, that they are both appropriate given their medical condition, and necessary at all.   

For a scholarly article on the use of these drugs in old age, please visit:

Scholarly Article on Antipsychotic Drugs

Updated:  August 26, 2014

See the final link below for a recent story in which a nursing home in California settled a case of psychotropic drug use for $650,000.  Families of residents claimed that the drugs were being administered without informed consent.

Read here:

California Nursing Home Settles Psychotropic Drug Case for $650,000


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