NEWS: Study Examines Prescribing of Antipsychotic Medications for Nursing Home Residents

Newswise — Older adults newly admitted to nursing homes with high rates of antipsychotic prescribing in the previous year are more likely to receive antipsychotic agents, according to a report in the January 11 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Of these treated patients, some had no identified clinical indication for this therapy.

In 2007, almost one-third of U.S. nursing home residents received antipsychotic drugs, according to background information in the article. Safety concerns regarding their use are increasing; in 2005, the Food and Drug Administration issued warnings regarding the risk of death among older adults with dementia taking these agents to control behavioral symptoms. A large clinical trial recently concluded that the adverse effects of atypical antipsychotic drugs outweighed the benefits in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.


A Simple Cardboard Box Can Help Prevent Hospitalizations

Caring for an ill or disabled family member is stressful, especially the hassle of sorting and dispensing many medications.
Caring for an ill or disabled family member is stressful, especially the hassle of sorting and dispensing many medications.

You might think the headline is crazy. But it isn’t, and here’s why:
In the United States, 28% of all hospitalizations of people over the age of 65 happen because of adverse reactions to prescription drugs. And, 1.5 million Americans are sickened, injured or killed by errors prescribing, dispensing and taking medications – and seniors are the most susceptible.

However, DailyMed is a revolutionary medication-dispensing system that helps solve these serious issues.
How does DailyMed work? The system transfers prescriptions, over-the-counter medications and vitamins from a consumer’s present pharmacy and organizes them into pre-sorted packets, clearly marked with the date and time they should be taken. An entire 30-day supply of medications is conveniently delivered to a person’s home in a dispensing box (a simple, easy-to-handle box), simplifying medication managment for patients or their caregivers to ensure the right doses are taken at the right times.

Most medication-management systems are large machines that require a medical professional to fill, and might take an advanced degree to figure out. Seniors want simple solutions, not a large, complex piece of hardware.

DailyMed is filled by pharmacists, and shipped right to your door in easy-to-read packets.

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Medication Stats:
1. Adverse drug reactions are the 4th-largest cause of death among the elderly.
2. Medication errors cost the U.S. healthcare system in excess of $177 billion.
3. Seniors make up 13% of the U.S. population, but take 40% of all prescription drugs.

From Caring Senior Service.