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Medication Errors

More activity against the misuse of antipsychotic drugs

By June 4, 2012 No Comments

Last week, we reported that homes across the nation are being told to curb their misuse of antipsychotic drugs.

U.S. News has more to add on the topic, including some specific ways in which the problem can be solved.

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services are launching the Partnership to Improve Dementia Care, which will include federal and state officials, nursing homes, advocacy groups and caregivers.

The goal of the program, according to CMS deputy chief medical officer Shari Ling, is to “protect patients from unnecessary drug use.”

The new initiative includes:

-Training that emphasizes high-quality care for nursing home patients.

-Making data on antipsychotic drug use at nursing homes.

-Suggesting alternatives to antipsychotics such as exercise, outdoor time, pain management and planned activities for parents.

If you or a loved one has been harmed by mismedication at a care facility, contact the Kosieradzki Smith Law Firm online or call us toll free at (877) 552-2873 for a free initial consultation.