US Older Adults Have Been Overly Prescribed With Anti-Psychotic Medications

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Issues on the increasing number of drug prescriptions especially on medications which are not necessarily needed for a case of a patient seemed to be alarming. Many health care professionals and researchers are calling the attention of other doctors who are indiscriminately giving prescriptions without further assessing their patient’s health status. Thus, this leads to a potentially harmful problem which can add not only health burden on the part of the patients but as well financial burden on the part of the family.

Doctors should be very careful in terms of giving drug prescriptions. They should follow guidelines and standards in handing prescriptions to their patients because the health of the patients is too valuable to stake. Recently, according to experts, elder patients in United States are overly prescribed with anti-psychotic drugs for their dementia to ease their disruptive behavior, and this practice is seemingly bothering and should be stopped.

Dementia is a composed of group of symptoms which has affectations on the brain. Individuals who have dementia may have issues on handling normal activities well such as eating or dressing up. Also, there can be some changes in terms of how they think and control emotions leading to some personality changes. Memory loss is also apparent for individuals with dementia.

According to the experts, the administration to ease the disruptive behavior of older adults who are suffering from dementia should be treated with special care that entails understanding of the main reason behind the behavior of these individuals. Also, they added that the use of anti-psychotic medications to treat these behaviors can be risky and costly among those older adults with dementia.

Daniel Levinson, Health and Human Services Inspector General said that the government audits revealed that there is too much use of anti-psychotic drugs among older adults in nursing homes, thereby, increasing the health risks of these individuals and even wasting great sum of money which were spent in unnecessary use of anti-psychotic drugs. Specifically, in the year 2007, the government Medicare had paid wrongly for about more than half of prescriptions for anti-psychotic drugs because the patients are not actually manifesting any clinical signs and symptoms of schizophrenia or bipolar disease.

Moreover, experts suggests that possible solutions for this presenting health problem could be greater and heavier punishments for those health care professionals who overly prescribe medications and a more concentrated non-pharmacological intervention first before going into pharmacological means.




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