Lucette Lagnado over at the WSJ
She takes a look at the damage being done by the overuse of prescription medications in nursing homes all over America.
It is sad.
The widespread use of antipsychotics among the elderly has begun to draw criticism from regulators, researchers, lawmakers and some in the nursing-home industry. Sen. Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, this month asked several drug manufacturers for records on how they may have marketed these drugs for use in geriatric patients. He also has asked the Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services to investigate use of the drugs in nursing homes.
The take home message is that the “system” is biased toward using powerful drugs in place of recommended levels of staffing and ongoing staff training and development.
It can be different.