In fact, the opposite is true: If the vendors are only at financial risk for inpatient and outpatient care, "they have a financial incentive to shift costs onto the pharmacy benefit by encouraging the use of psychotropic drugs
instead of psychotherapy in cases where the two are somewhat substitutable," Dr.
Jellinek of the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, said physicians must question whether they are prescribing the right kinds of psychotropic drugs
to children, and with the proper treatment plans.
At the American Heart Association's 71st Scientific Sessions on Monday, scientists reported on research relating to the cardiovascular effects of psychotropic drugs
The regulations with respect to unnecessary psychotropic drug
use in the nursing home seem clear enough on face value: excessive dose and/or duration of therapy, adverse consequences from drug use, absence of adequate indications for drug use, failure to monitor for efficacy and side effects - any one of these can result in a deficiency.
All medications are being evaluated on a regular basis, and psychotropic drug
usage is falling within the OBRA mandates.
Since psychotropic drugs
are often prescribed to fight depression, and depression represents a major health care problem in this country, treatment of depression will be one of the first areas of focus for PsychoPharmaCare.
In some cases, this program has resulted in a reduction in the dosage of psychotropic drugs
A total of 21,334 (64%) of the patients were given at least one prescription for psychotropic drugs
, and 11,598 (35%) were given multiple prescriptions for more than one class of psychotropic drugs
While antibiotics are easily acquired over the counter in Lebanon, stricter regulations do appear to have taken a widespread toll on pharmacists' willingness to sell designated psychotropic drugs
to individuals without prescriptions.
psychiatrists), particularly about switching from a psychotropic drug
with a short elimination half-life to a similar psychotropic drug
with a longer elimination half-life prior to tapering.
The first and foremost issue is the problem at large: an increase in the diversion of psychotropic drugs
from prescriptions of their parents and peers.
The opening chapters address pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic principles, drug-drug interactions, major systemic adverse effects of psychotropic drugs
, and alternate routes of psychotropic drug