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Dementia drug use linked to UK patient deaths December 7, 2009

Posted by Dreamhealer in Big Pharma.
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LONDON — British health professionals have called for a change in the treatment of dementia patients after an official report warned that wrongly prescribed anti-psychotic medicines are causing the deaths of an estimated 1,800 each year.

As many as 144,000 out of an estimated 180,000 people suffering from the disease are unnecessarily given powerful “chemical cosh” drugs, the Department of Health-ordered review revealed.

The report also linked a significant number of strokes among elderly patients due to over prescription of the medication.

“We need to be sure that only the people who benefit from these drugs get them, and they get them at the lowest possible dose for the shortest period of time,” Sube Banerjee, the report’s author and professor of mental health at King?s College London Institute of Psychiatry, said in the report.

“It is clear that these medications are being prescribed to deal with behaviour and psychological symptoms in dementia rather than just for psychosis,” he added. Read More…

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