Rise in antipsychotics prescriptions during pandemic warrant closer look, feds say
Apr 11, 2022
A federal study has found that prescriptions for antipsychotic medication in nursing homes and assisted living facilities increased by 7.4% during the first quarter, or first three months, of the pandemic.
Rural assisted living residents with dementia half as likely to take cognition enhancing meds
Feb 03, 2021
A new study in Oregon assisted living and residential care communities sheds light on medication trends in these settings, including a notable quirk in rural care.
Clinical briefs for Thursday, Jan. 7
Jan 07, 2021
Certain antipsychotics linked to poorer cognition and function in Alzheimer’s study … CMS details 5 new scenarios that trigger infection control-focused surveys … Global investigation to explore...
Antipsychotic misuse citations down 22%; drugs given 10 times too often: House report
Jul 29, 2020
Skilled nursing providers have received far fewer citations for antipsychotic misuse under the Trump administration, according to authors of a report released Monday by Democrats on the House Ways and...
New antipsychotic improves symptoms minus side effects in trial
Jan 10, 2020
Antipsychotic drug lumateperone improves schizophrenia symptoms without side effects such as weight gain and metabolic disturbance.
Pharmacists asked to help curb antipsychotic use in nursing facilities
Sep 02, 2019
A powerful congressman has asked long-term care pharmacists to help monitor and reduce antipsychotic use in nursing homes.
Looking at dementia beyond drugs and disease
G. Allen Power, M.D.
Aug 01, 2014
The emerging literature on “nonpharmacological interventions” has not succeeded in providing long-term solutions for many people, such that expressions of need continue to recur on a regular...
Long-term care providers achieved 15% antipsychotic reduction goal, CMS announces
Apr 15, 2014
Long-term care facilities have reduced antipsychotic medication use by more than 15% through a large-scale initiative, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That...
Antidepressant Celexa could be an alternative to antipsychotic medication for Alzheimer’s, study...
Feb 20, 2014
An antidepressant drug could help relieve agitation symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, reducing reliance on antipsychotic medications, according to recently published study results.
Nursing home quality could improve with better palliative care interventions, large-scale trial shows
Jan 23, 2014
By following practices that are common in home-based hospice care, nursing homes can improve the comfort and dignity of residents who are dying, according to new study results.