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Prescribed Anti-Psychotic Medicines Might Not Be Needed

Friday December 23 2011


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BARNSLEY patients are being urged to check their prescriptions after it emerged anti-psychotic drugs could be being prescribed to people who don't need them.

South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is pushing a campaign to reduce the use of antipsychotic medicines in dementia with the introduction of new pharmacy bags branded with The Right Prescription campaign.

Antipsychotics are used to treat people with mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia, and also for some people with dementia - but they can cause side effects, especially when used for longer than 12 weeks.

The Trust says anyone taking them should ask for an immediate prescription review.

Principal Pharmacist Mubashshir Fazlee said: "People living with dementia may be taking antipsychotic medication that they no longer need.

"Whilst it would have been correctly prescribed initially, there could be other alternatives available."

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Reply Posted by on Friday December 23 2011 at 11:39
To read the full article on The Right Prescription campaign visit www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/prescription