Inquiry slams nursing home overuse of antipsychotics

A Senate inquiry has called for sweeping changes in the way that nursing home residents are treated for dementia, and a crackdown on the use of antipsychotics for restraint.

The inquiry found that drugs such as olanzapine and quetiapine are being over prescribed by GPs as a form of ‘chemical restraint’ to manage behavioural symptoms in patients with dementia.

It said patients were being inappropriately left on long term antipsychotic therapy and it recommended regular three-monthly reviews of