Well­ness Arti­cles

Antipsy­chotic Drug Use Among Kids Dra­mat­i­cally Increased

An AP story appear­ing on the May 3, 2006 InteliHealth web­site paints a dis­turb­ing pic­ture of increased antipsy­chotic med­ica­tion usage in chil­dren. Accord­ing to a study done by Medco Health Solu­tions Inc., the four years end­ing in 2005 saw an increased usage of antipsy­chotic med­ica­tion in chil­dren by 73 per­cent. Addi­tion­ally, a new class of these drugs known as “atyp­i­cal antipsy­chotics” used pri­mar­ily by peo­ple 19 and younger saw an increase of 80 per­cent over the same period.

The arti­cle did note that even with the dra­matic increase in usage among the young, adults were still the over­whelm­ing major­ity of those using these med­ica­tions. In 2005, 85 per­cent of pre­scrip­tions for antipsy­chotic med­ica­tions were for adults while only 15 per­cent were for children.

Dr. Amita Das­man­a­p­a­tra, senior direc­tor of med­ical affairs at Medco noted that she believes that some doc­tors are pre­scrib­ing the drugs for chil­dren with behav­ioral prob­lems, which she believes would be bet­ter con­trolled by other means. She stated, “Still, the sharp increase is note­wor­thy because the pow­er­ful drugs are for indi­vid­u­als with seri­ous psy­chosis such as schiz­o­phre­nia so there is some con­cern the med­i­cines may not always be pre­scribed appropriately.”

The arti­cle notes that the atyp­i­cal antipsy­chotics aren’t approved for use in chil­dren, but that noth­ing stops doc­tors from using them on chil­dren if they wish.

Ran­dom Article

The June 10, 2000 issue of the British Med­ical jour­nal reports on an inter­est­ing sta­tis­tic that has occurred in Israel. It seems that three

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