The US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are urging nursing homes to reduce their use of antipsychotic medication in patients with dementia by 15% this year. According to The Boston Globe, over 21% of nursing homes are inappropriately using antipsychotic drugs to treat aggression and agitation in dementia patients.How can you as a pharmacist decrease inappropriate use of antipsychotic medications in these patients?

 

http://www.boston.com/whitecoatnotes/2012/05/30/nursing-homes-pushed-reduce-antipsychotic-drug-use-percent-this-year/2FSJxA78zKsvhE2jQmlp0M/story.html?p1=News_links

 

 

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