Royal Commission: Ban GPs from initiating antipsychotics in aged care

It says psychiatrists and geriatricians should be the only doctors to prescribe the drugs
Geir O'Rourke
Royal Commissioners Tony Pagone and Lynelle Briggs
Royal Commissioners Tony Pagone QC and Lynelle Briggs.

GPs should be banned from initiating antipsychotic medications in nursing homes under measures to reduce their use as chemical restraints, the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety says.

Psychiatrists or geriatricians would be the only doctors allowed to prescribe the drugs, with GPs limited to writing repeats within 12 months of the initial script.