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GAO report urges fewer antipsychotic drugs for dementia patients

from NPR

Older adults with Alzheimer's Disease or other forms of dementia are at risk of being prescribed dangerous antipsychotic medication whether they live in nursing homes or not. That's according to a study from the Government Accountability Office. The chance of a person with dementia receiving antipsychotic drugs in a nursing home is about 1 in 3, according to the report. For dementia patients who aren't in nursing homes — those living with family, for example, or in assisted living — the chance of being prescribed an antipsychotic is about 1 in 7. more


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