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Charities 'keeping eye' on drug distribution in care homes

Charities 'keeping eye' on drug distribution in care homes
5th June 2009

A pair of charities have stood firm in their stance regarding over-medication of older people in care homes following a number of reports concerning antipsychotic drugs.

Age Concern and Help the Aged asserted that drugs should only ever be prescribed when deemed necessary by a medical professional, which should be enough in practice to halt over-prescription and the further decline which is regularly associated with it.

The charities' spokesperson explained: "However, it's not as clear-cut as some reports have been, although it is a concern that sometimes maybe antipsychotics are used too much and it is something which this charity is keeping an eye on."

It signals a solidarity motion with Alzheimer's Society, which made similar comments earlier this week regarding a possible "granny crunch" in which older people are unable to pay for the drugs they are receiving, which is not helping sufferers of Alzheimer's disease or dementia.

Age Concern and Help the Aged merged earlier this year in order to help their demographic together more effectively.

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