Antipsychotics overused for dementia

Up to 80,000 dementia patients receiving antipsychotic medications are more likely to be harmed than helped by the drugs, according to Alzheimer’s Australia.

The patient lobby group has released a position statement calling for a reduction in the “unacceptably high” rate of antipsychotic prescribing among this group, calling it a human rights issue.

It claims a significant number of potentially avoidable deaths, strokes and serious side effects are likely to have resulted from overprescribing antipsychotics in nursing homes, citing the case of John Arthur Burns, whose