McKnight's also ran an article about the recent studies that prove the off label use and over use of dangerous antipsychotics to elderly and vulnerable patients. Antipsychotic medication use is still widespread in nursing homes, even after the federal government issued a “black box” warning on the drugs in 2005 according to two new studies.
The drugs in question include clozapine, risperidone, olanzapine and paliperidone. Doctors prescribe these drugs, which are designed to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, off-label for residents with dementia. Both studies appeared in Monday's issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.