Reducing Antipsychotic Medications for Patients with Dementia: Are Ambulatory Patients Being Left Behind?

TweetMarch 9, 2015. The literature is replete with warnings of medication related problems, adverse drug events, and all-cause mortality related to use of antipsychotic medications for patients with dementia.1  As a large portion of the nursing home population have a dementia diagnosis and have historically had a high prevalence of antipsychotic medication use, the US […] read more

On March 9th, 2015, posted in: Dementia, High Risk Medications by

Benzodiazepines and the Older Adult: What Part of “NO” Do We Not Understand?

TweetFebruary 19, 2015 As a brand new Consultant Pharmacist many years ago, I welcomed the newly-published CMS regulations for nursing home practice that began to restrict the usage of harmful medications for frail elderly nursing home patients. The medication classes most keenly focused on were anticholinergics, anti-psychotics, and benzodiazepines. While the use of these medications […] read more

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Anticholinergic Medications and Dementia: Enough Already. it’s Time We Draw the Line!

TweetFebruary 4, 2015 A new study recently published online in JAMA Internal Medicine “Cumulative Use of Strong Anticholinergics and Incident Dementia-A Prospective Cohort Study” has raised the bar on confirming the link between anticholinergic medication use by older adults and all-cause dementia.  In an accompanying editorial, Noll L. Campbell PharmD of Purdue University College of Pharmacy called […] read more

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Is It Really Dementia? Or is it an Adverse Drug Event??

TweetOctober 29, 2014 In her recent New York Times blog (@TheNewOldAge) author Paula Span asks the question: “Is It Really Dementia?”  Or is it really something else.  We ask:“Is It Really Your Medication?” The blog raises the point that while there are other reasons for memory and cognitive impairment symptoms, most often for a 75 […] read more

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