Off-Label Use of Anti-Psychotic Medications Putting Many Nursing Home Residents at Risk
Doctors are routinely prescribing powerful anti-psychotic drugs for nursing home residents. A significant number of those residents, however, do not have a medical condition for which the use of these drugs is either intended or recommended. In Massachusetts, for example, a recent study by the federal agency responsible for Medicare/Medicaid payments noted that 22 percent of nursing home residents were improperly being prescribed these medications.
The Attorney General of Utah recently filed suit against drug manufacturers Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca for improperly marketing these anti-psychotic drugs to nursing home residents and others. Among other things, the lawsuit alleges that the companies engaged in false and misleading advertising to promote the use of these medications for non-FDA approved uses, such as the treatment of dementia. Not only does this practice by drug companies needlessly increase healthcare expenses but it also places patients at risk of developing serious medical conditions, including diabetes.
What constitutes a personal injury?
The most common personal injury is an auto accident, but the broad definition encompasses any situation where a person suffers harm due to the negligence of another person or entity. Early identification of a personal injury is important to the legal process. Many serious injuries occur each year involving:
– Auto accidents
– Premises liability accidents such as injuries caused by a slip and fall
– Medical malpractice/nursing home injuries
– Wrongful death
– Work-related accidents
– Animal attacks
– Faulty or malfunctioning products (product liability)