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News Archives 2961-2980
Number Title Post Date
2961 British Police And Social Workers Abuse Pregnant Woman For Home Decoration 10/11/2009 12:30:11
2962 British Government Cancels Big Brother Database 10/11/2009 12:32:49
2963 New York Swine Flu Vaccine Clinics Deserted 10/11/2009 12:35:48
2964 XMRV Virus - Top Scientists To Meet 11/11/2009 11:31:36
2965 25th Bhopal Anniversary: A Story Of Corporate Greed And Profit 11/11/2009 11:39:11
2966 Boston University Student Caught Meningitis Germ From BioLab 11/11/2009 11:44:30
2967 Useless UK Social Workers' Watchdog Fails To Disclose Crucial Evidence 11/11/2009 11:48:10
2968 British Government Fails Electorate Over Detested DNA Database 11/11/2009 11:53:19
2969 UK Doctors Take Bribes To Push Swine Flu Vaccine On Patients 11/11/2009 11:55:40
2970 Skeptics Ask: Does The Swine Flu Vaccine Work? 12/11/2009 12:11:24
2971 France - 70% Refusing Swine Flu Vaccine 12/11/2009 12:14:10
2972 USA Boy Struck Down By Potentially Fatal Nerve Disease After Swine Flu Vaccine 12/11/2009 12:18:33
2973 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome - Victory For The Little Guys 13/11/2009 09:55:02
2974 Antipsychotic Drugs Killing The Elderly 13/11/2009 09:59:28
2975 'Swine Flu Pandemic' A Dud, Says Canada 13/11/2009 10:01:51
2976 Swine Flu/H1N1: Fact or Fiction? 13/11/2009 10:05:59
2977 Petition For Lorraine Tipton And Michaela 15/11/2009 11:11:45
2978 Hundreds Of UK Claimants Unjustly Imprisoned 15/11/2009 11:15:01
2979 Vitamin D Report - Time To Get Some More Sun 15/11/2009 11:20:12
2980 The Quack Whack Newsletter - Health Politics 15/11/2009 11:23:23

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Antipsychotic Drugs Killing The Elderly
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November 12th, 2009
Antipsychotics Given Needlessly To Dementia Patients
By Ed Silverman

More than 140,000 dementia patients in the UK are given antipsychotics needlessly and some 1,800 deaths in elderly people each year have been linked to overprescribing, according to a report commissioned by the government.

The review showed that only around 36,000 of around 180,000 dementia patients prescribed antipsychotics received any benefit, according to the report’s author, Sube Banerjee, a professor of mental health and aging at the Institute of Psychiatry at King’s College London, who recommends that the use of the meds be cut by two-thirds over the next three years.

“Antipsychotics are used too often in dementia,” Banerjee tells The Guardian. We have a failure of the health and social care system to adjust to a changing world. We need to improve primary and social care. There’s no evidence that any drugs are good for this.”

One politician, the Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow, who has led a 10-year campaign highlighting the risks of excessive and inappropriate prescribing, tells the paper that “this review comes much too late for thousands of elderly people whose lives have been cut short by the reckless prescribing of anti-psychotic drugs. “The evidence that anti-psychotic drugs do more harm than good has been mounting for years. There is next-to-no benefit for the older person and prolonged prescribing can lead to premature death.”
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