Report: Mass. Nursing Homes Over-Using Perscription Drugs

BOSTON — A disturbing trend is unfolding at nursing homes across the country.

An investigative report conducted by The Boston Globe reveals many nursing homes use powerful anti-psychotic drugs to control agitation and combative behavior in their patients, but many don’t need them.

Rather than helping, these drugs sometimes cause seizures and other debilitating side effects.

Kay Lazar, one of the reporters on the study, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition to talk about the findings.

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  • Patrick Henry

    A customer victim speaks
    The saga of the so called *atypical antipsychotics* is one of incredible profit.Eli Lilly made $65 BILLION on Zyprexa franchise.
    Described as *the most successful drug in the history of neuroscience* the drugs at $12 pill are used by states to medicate deinstitutionalized mental patients to keep them out of the $500 day hospitals.
    There is a whole underclass block of our society,including children in foster care that are the market for these drugs,but have little voice of protest if harmed by them.I am an exception,I got diabetes from Zyprexa as an off-label treatment for PTSD and I am not a mentally challenged victim so I post.
    –Daniel Haszard – FMI  http://www.zyprexa-victims.com 

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