As federal regulators begin efforts to halt unnecessary use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes, a member of The Eden Alternative in New Jersey has completed a cutting edge program that successfully weaned residents with dementia off these medications.
That quote above comes from Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?, Armon Neel’s new book. In it, he devotes a chapter to NSAIDs, nonsteroidal anti-inflamatory drugs. Most of us have taken these drugs at one time or another. Many people take them every day.
Here at ChangingAging we are all about the power of the social media. It helps us reach people of like mind and tell them our story.
But sometimes we wind up on lists that really aren’t right for us. Consider this note from a very nice lady who, it appears, does not know a thing bout PRO-Aging. She works for GCI Health, a major NYC Pharma and health care PR firm.
Ecumen, a long term care provider in Minnesota, recently completed one of the first ever trials to reduce psychotropic drug use among 10 patients. Not only was the program 100 percent successful in eliminating psychotropic drugs without adverse behavioral effects, but the patients all showed increased engagement and social interaction. Last week the AP filed this inspiring report.
Given the recent rise in drug prices and the increasing number of patients, especially those over 60, who are taking multiple medications each month, saving money on prescription drugs is increasingly important.
Last week I wrote about two fallacies: 1) “More Treatment Is Always Better Than Less Treatment.” 2)”Drugs Always Do More Good Than Harm” Both of these statements are false. The widespread belief that they are true is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths a year along with the terrible, but not fatal, suffering of […]
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— Impostor grandkids are scamming grandma and grandpa for big bucks. [ABC News] — Shrinking Medicaid funds pummel states. [CNN] — An older generation falls prey to eating disorders. [New Old Age blog] — In a study geriatricians lambast drug industry for leaving older adults out of clinical trials. [Reuters] — All psychotropic drugs are […]