Jane Ashcroft with Anchor Trust in the UK writes with the news on a boiling controversy surrounding the inappropriate use of medications as chemical restraints in the UK.
Anti-psychotic drugs to people with dementia
In response to the publication of the review of the use of anti-psychotic drugs to people with dementia, Martin Green, Chief Executive of ECCA, appeared on BBC’s 24 news at 5.40pm yesterday evening. Barchester Healthcare, an ECCA member, has also been featured in the news. The following clips feature Barchester’s Derham House in Upminster as an example of a care home that does not rely on anti-psychotic medication as a first port of call for people with a dementia.
‘Chemical cosh’ for dementia kills 1,800 a year
About 145,000 people with dementia are wrongly being prescribed powerful sedatives which cause around 1,800 deaths a year, a Government-ordered review has found.
The Times, 13.11.09, p.17
‘Chemical cosh’ kills thousands each year
Almost 2,000 dementia sufferers die every year after being wrongly prescribed “chemical cosh” drugs to keep them quiet, an official report has found.
The Daily Telegraph, 13.11.09, p.6
Antipsychotic drugs ‘kill 1,800 a year’
As many as 144,000 people suffering from dementia are being given antipsychotic drugs unnecessarily, according to a review ordered by the Department of Health.
The Guardian, 13.11.09, p.18
Wrong drugs for dementia kill hundreds
At least 1,800 dementia sufferers die each year from ‘chemical cosh’ drugs they shouldn’t even be given, a report has found.
Daily Mail, 13.11.09, p.4
‘Chemical cosh’ kills 1,800 patients a year
The scandalous use of “chemical cosh” drugs was laid bare yesterday when ministers finally admitted that they kill 1,800 dementia patients a year.
Daily Express, 13.11.09, p.15
OAP killer drugs
Up to 1,800 elderly people die each year after being needlessly given powerful drugs for dementia, a study revealed yesterday. Only one in five of the 180,000 people given the anti-psychotics in care homes and hospitals receives any benefit.
The Sun, 13.11.09, p.33
DH: Report on the prescribing of anti-psychotic drugs to people with dementia
In recognition of widespread concern about the over-prescription of anti-psychotic drugs, and as part of the priority being given to improving care for people with dementia, Professor Sube Banerjee was asked to undertake an independent clinical review of the use of anti-psychotic drugs. Professor Banerjee has completed his review and the Government has issued its response to his findings.
DH: Government takes action on antipsychotic drugs and dementia (press release)
A tough new action plan to tackle the over prescribing of antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia has been announced by Care Services Minister Phil Hope.
The action plan responds to an independent review by Professor Sube Banerjee, commissioned by the Department of Health.