RACGP backs restrictions on aged care risperidone scripts

Streamlined authority would block GPs from prescribing the drug on a second occasion
Jocelyn Wright
Aged care

The RACGP has issued a cautious welcome to a looming clampdown on risperidone prescribing in aged care homes announced by the Chief Medical Officer.

In addition to targeting doctors identified as high prescribers of the antipsychotic with warning letters, Professor Brendan Murphy says he will introduce new restrictions on risperidone scripts beyond the recommended 12 weeks.