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Dangerous and Defective Drugs If you put your trust in a pharmaceutical company and were hurt by their product, you deserve compensation for your suffering.
Wrong Medication Did you receive the wrong medication or incorrect prescription from a pharmacy? If you have suffered because of a medication error please call us for a free case review.
Wrong Dosage Common forms of medication error: incorrect dosage error. Order our free book to learn how to protect yourself and your family from wrong dosage errors.
Other Errors Order our free book, "How to Make Pharmacies Pay for your Injuries Caused by Medication Errors, to learn your rights in prescription error cases.
Kids Rx Errors Order a free copy of The Top 10 Tips to Protect Your Children Against Pharmacy Errors. If you have suffered a prescription error contact our firm today.
Pharmacy Malpractice If you have suffered an injury because a pharmacy dispensed the wrong medication or made an error with your prescription, you are able to file a claim for negligence or malpractice and receive the compensation you deserve.
Walgreens Pharmacy Error Claims There have been numerous claims brought against Walgreens for pharmacy errors or prescription errors. Order our free book to learn how to take action.
CVS Pharmacy Error Claims If you've been injured because of a CVS Pharmacy prescription error, call us for help with your lawsuit at 888-526-7616.
State Pharmacy Boards If you have been severely injured because of a medication error, contact board-certified attorneys immediately to investigate your case free of charge.
Drug & Pharmacy Error Prevention Filing a pharmacy error lawsuit is the only way to make pharmacies take accountability for mistakes. Call our board certified attorneys for a free case review.
State Pharmacy Laws State laws on pharmacy malpractice. Learn the pharmacy error Statute of Limitation laws that apply to your state. Call 877-342-2020 for a free consultation.

Rising Cases of Nursing Home Over-Medication Worries Symposium Leaders

David W. Hodges
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Partner at Kennedy Hodges LLP practicing pharmacy error, medical malpractice and personal injury law
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According to the Food and Drug Administration, the use of anti-psychotics to “control” nursing home patients is far from uncommon. The FDA estimates that roughly 15,000 nursing home patients die each year as result of unnecessary--and unprescribed--anti-psychotics.

Such practices, called “chemical restraints,” are illegal, but they are still rampant in the nursing home industry. Sylvia Taylor Stein of the Long Term Care Services of Ventura County ombudsman program reported Thursday that about 25 percent of the residents in California's nursing homes are given antipsychotic drugs, calling attention to the abuse epidemic in a statewide symposium.

The Oxnard conference, called "Toxic Medicine,"was co-organized by and the Long Term Care Services of Ventura County and the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, and included several assisted-living administrators, nursing home staff and supervisors, elder abuse lawyers and state licensing agencies.

Speakers said that these drugs are given in nursing home facilities for dementia, but are administered without the informed consent of residents and are used as a restraint rather than to treat psychiatric conditions. The drugs are regularly given by caretakers without any sort of approval, and can double the risk of death for seniors and cause side effects ranging from stroke to delirium.

Attendees believe that there are several reasons this abuse continues. One contributing factor is that staff shortages make it nearly impossible for employees to properly care for patients. Another is that many doctors have a drug-first mentality when it comes to long-term care.

The board-certified drug injury attorneys at Kennedy Hodges can help get your loved one justice. For a FREE consultation on your wrong medication lawsuit, call 888-526-7616 today or click the link above for a free copy of our report, How to Make Pharmacies Pay for Injuries Caused by Medication Errors.
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