Background When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a national campaign to reduce the off-label prescribing of antipsychotic drugs for nursing home residents in 2012, Avanir Pharmaceuticals directed its sales force to … [Read more...] about Drug Company Sued Over Kickbacks for Off-Label Marketing of Psychotropic Drug for Nursing Home Residents to Pay Over $115 Million
Background. Nursing homes administer antipsychotic drugs to approximately 20 percent of residents nationwide. Sadly, and too often, nursing homes use these drugs as a way of chemically restraining residents exhibiting the behavioral symptoms of … [Read more...] about Stop Drugging Nursing Home Residents Without their Written Consent
Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a devastating report in February 2018, which found that over 179,000 nursing home residents were being administered off-label antipsychotic drugs every week. Antipsychotic drugs are indicated to treat specific … [Read more...] about Study Finds Link Between Registered Nurse Hours and Antipsychotic Drug Use
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has ended its campaign to reduce the inappropriate use of antipsychotic drugs for long-stay residents in nursing facilities (formally called the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in … [Read more...] about Did CMS’s Partnership to Improve Dementia Care Reduce the Inappropriate Prescribing of Antipsychotic Drugs for Nursing Home Residents as Much as CMS Claims? Two Recent Studies Say No
Revelations have shed light on an opioid crises in the United States that remained largely hidden until recently. These drugs have affected the lives of children and adults nationwide. Unfortunately, the inappropriate use of medication – … [Read more...] about Elder Justice Alert: New York Times Publishes Article on Drug Use Among Older Adults
On February 5, 2018, Human Rights Watch published an in-depth report on antipsychotic drug use in U.S. nursing homes. The Report, entitled “‘They Want Docile’: How Nursing Homes in the United States Overmedicate People with … [Read more...] about Elder Justice Alert: Human Rights Watch Publishes In-Depth Report on Antipsychotic Drug Use in U.S. Nursing Homes
This Week in ACA Sabotage Bipartisan Agreement on ACA Stabilization Package Nursing Home Rights Roundup CMS Signals End of Campaign to Reduce Unnecessary Use of Antipsychotic Drugs In Nursing Homes; Claim of Success is Grossly … [Read more...] about CMA Alert, October 18, 2017 – Nursing Home Rights Roundup; ACA Stabilization; More
The Administration on Aging defines a subcategory of elder abuse – “physical abuse” – as “inflicting physical pain or injury on a senior, e.g. slapping, bruising, or restraining by physical or chemical … [Read more...] about Elder Abuse in Nursing Facilities: The Over-Administration of Antipsychotic Drugs to Nursing Home Residents
Last week’s Alert discussed the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and the Government Accountability Office’s (GAO) recent report on antipsychotic … [Read more...] about Antipsychotic Drugs and Nursing Home Residents: What Do the Different Numbers Mean?
In September 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported that the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care had reduced the use of antipsychotic drugs with nursing home residents by 15.1%, “exceeding” the … [Read more...] about Has CMS’s Partnership with the Nursing Home Industry Really Reduced the Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotic Drugs by Nursing Home Residents as Much as CMS Claims? No.