Over Prescribing Antipsychotics to Alzheimer’s Patients

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(Smoke rising from the chimney at Hadamar, one of six facilities which carried out the Nazis’ Euthanasia Program.) Link

Humboldt county psychiatrist Theodore Utecht blew the whistle last year on mental health fraud of over-diagnosis he was instructed to carry out on behalf of Phillip Crandall’s mental health department. In Tuesday’s NY Times we learn of how antipsychotics are used to treat patients “showing behavioral symptoms of dementia.”  The article points out how “research shows that 10 to 20 percent of Alzheimer’s patients had noticeable positive responses to the drugs . . . [and] 30 to 60 percent of patients in the placebo groups improved.”  It also claims that “researchers estimate that about a third of all nursing home patients have been given antipsychotic drugs,” even though “the [FDA] has not approved marketing of these drugs for older people with dementia.”

Makes you wonder about our new “Alzheimer Center,” which claims on their web page that “medications are also available to reduce some of the behavioral symptoms associated with Alzheimer’s, such as depression, sleeplessness and agitation.”  If you take your aging parent of grand parent you can probably expect to get “referrals to local medical and professional caregivers” (i.e. psychiatrists).

“’My mother was screaming and out of it, drooling on herself and twitching,’ said Ms. Lamascola, a pediatric nurse.”  “Not until yet another doctor took Mrs. Lamascola off the drugs did she begin to improve.”

love eternal


One Response to “Over Prescribing Antipsychotics to Alzheimer’s Patients”

  1. fightback Says:

    another reason to shoot yourself
    rather than “go” to a nursing home !!!!!!!!!!!!
    Taking psychiatric drugs is akin
    to A CHEMICAL LOBOTOMY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    JUNE 28, SAT….. 2008………

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