California Nursing Homes: Be Wary of Toxic Medicine: Principles of Informed Consent (Part 2 of 3)

California Nursing Homes: Be Wary of Toxic Medicine: Principles of Informed Consent (Part 2 of 3)

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Informed consent for use of psychoactive medications occurs when a doctor and a resident or the resident’s decision maker have a conversation. The doctor has a duty to inform the resident or resident’s decision-maker of the proposed treatment, including: (1) the reason for the particular medication; (2) the medical condition for which the drug is […]

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California Nursing Homes: Be Wary of Toxic Medicine (Part 1 of 3)

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Last week’s symposium on Toxic Medicine was so informative, I thought I would take the opportunity to post a few blogs capturing the laws and regulations governing the use of psychoactive medication in California Nursing Homes. 1. What is a psychoactive medication? This type of medication includes anti-depressants (e.g. Zoloft, Prozac), anti-anxiety medications (i.e. Ativan, […]

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Ventura County Long Term Care Ombudsman and CANHR Join Forces in Campaign to Stop Drugging Our Elders

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I wanted to share the story, linked below, regarding an amazing symposium put on by the Ventura County Long Term Care Ombudsman and CANHR regarding Toxic Medicine and the inappropriate and unnecessary use of psychotropic medications in nursing homes. The program featured very strong presentations by Tony Chicotel and Christopher Cherney , as well as […]

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