CHA News Article

CDPH Warns Against Overuse of Antipsychotics in Nursing Facilities

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued an All Facility Letter (AFL) to skilled-nursing facilities and nursing facilities urging a vigilant effort to curb non-medically necessary prescriptions of antipsychotics and their misuse. CDPH highlights studies that show over-prescribing antipsychotics in nursing homes can place residents at increased risk of death. CDPH also urges facilities to review their practices, ensuring that each antipsychotic prescription is necessary and that all requirements related to their use are met. For more information, see the attached AFL.