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Antipsychotic use in nursing home residents drops 9.1 percent

from American Pharmacists Association

The national prevalence of antipsychotic use in long-stay nursing home residents went down 9.1 percent from the last quarter of 2011 to the first quarter of 2013, CMS has announced. The agency’s National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care has had a goal of reducing antipsychotic drug usage by 15 percent by the end of 2013, CMS said in a news release. Approximately 30,000 fewer nursing home residents are on these medications now than would have been. more

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