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‘Zombie drugs’

28 November 2012

According to official statistics, a significant minority of people living with dementia are prescribed antipsychotic drugs for behavioural and psychological symptoms. What many perhaps don’t know is that only one antipsychotic (Risperidone) has actually been licensed for use in elderly people with dementia. The rest of these drugs are prescribed “off-label”. Dr Rosie Harding and Dr Elizabeth Peel make the argument for regulatory controls on the off-label prescription of pharmaceutical products in Medical Law Review and OUPblog.

Read the blog post.
Read the full paper 'He was like a zombie': Off-label prescription of antipsychotic drugs in dementia.