Antipsychotics prescribing ban will 'deter' GPs from aged care

The AMA says limiting prescribing rights is a simplistic solution to a complex issue

A proposal to ban GPs from initiating antipsychotic scripts in aged care is “extreme” and will deter doctors from working in nursing homes, the AMA says.  

GP in aged care

Under the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety's final recommendations, only psychiatrists and geriatricians will be allowed to prescribe the drugs, with GPs limited to writing repeats within 12 months of the initial script.  

This followed evidence pointing to the “widespread use of chemical restraints in the purported