Number of people diagnosed with dementia being prescribed antipsychotics reduced by more than half in three years
Published 17 July 2012
Antipsychotic prescriptions for people with dementia have reduced by 52 per cent in three years, according to an audit carried out by the NHS Information Centre.
Alzheimer's Society comment:
'This momentous achievement is not just about statistics, it is about the lives of tens of thousands of people with dementia. Credit is due to the many doctors, nurses and care workers without whom this would not have been possible. It also reflects the hard work of campaigning organisations such as Alzheimer's Society to raise awareness and change opinions.
'However, there are still tens of thousands more people - both diagnosed and undiagnosed - having their lives put at risk by these drugs and some parts of the country are failing to reach the mark. Now is the time to move from fourth gear to fifth to ensure everyone's prescriptions are reviewed and that only those people who benefit are kept on antipsychotics. They must only be a last resort.'
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