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The Lurking Dangers of Blood Thinners in Nursing Homes

Posted in Elder Issues, Injuries, Medication

Often, elderly people are prescribed blood thinners, otherwise known as anti-coagulants, like Coumadin and several others. While these drugs can significantly help with conditions such as DVTs (deep vein thrombosis) and strokes, they also present unanticipated dangers. If you have a loved one who is on one of these medications, it is important to know… Continue Reading

When on Antibiotics in Nursing Home or Hospital Watch for Diarrhea – It Could Be C-Diff

Posted in Elder Issues, Medication, Nursing Home Information, Support & Resources

One of the most common illnesses I see in nursing homes is C-Diff – a bacteria that can cause severe dehydration or death.  C-Diff is most common in nursing homes and hospitals, and 80% of fatalities from C-Diff are in people over 65.  A recent article in the LA Times reports a recent study and… Continue Reading

The True Cost of Anti-Psychotics and Tort “Reform”

Posted in Elder Issues, Legislation, Medication, Nursing Home Information

A recent series of disturbing stories by NPR report finding with objective data what many of us practitioners know already – that in many substandard facilities residents are over medicated with sometimes dangerous medications just to keep them quiet.  This is disturbing because these medications are sometimes powerful, dangerous, and ineffective.  Some even get “black… Continue Reading

Prescription of Megace to Nursing Home Residents Linked to Fraud and Horrific Corporate Irresponsibility

Posted in Elder Issues, Medication, News

In one of the worst examples we have seen involving the abuse of the elderly, a company whose product was only approved to promote weight gain for HIV patients started to aggressively promote Megace to frail and elderly nursing home residents when the HIV population began to dwindle. Knowing the dangerous side effects of this supplement (ie death), this represents a tragic example of profits over people. To read more, click here.

New Study Shows Many People Unknowingly Receiving Medications For “Off Label” Uses

Posted in Medication, News, Nursing Home Information

Ask any family member caring for an elderly parent with dementia about the number of medications prescribed and it’s likely to be quite a few. It is important to know what someone is prescribed and what for. A new study shows that roughly 20% of medications are prescribed “off label”. You can read an article discussing the study here.

Triad Tangles with FDA on Recall

Posted in Injuries, Medication, News

Earlier this year, I reported about the potential dangers posed to senior citizens (and others) who were potentially exposed to bacteria from antiseptic wipes. Reports indicate that a child may have died from such exposure and we are aware of seniors who appear to have potentially met the same fate. Now, Federal regulators say that although the New York medical products maker promised in June to recall the product, it has since failed to launch that recall for nearly four months.

Hopeful Report Indicates Reduction of Anti-Psychotic Medications in the Elderly

Posted in Medication, News

Many times I’ve written about the over-medication of the elderly – especially with anti-psychotics. Despite the fact that anti-psychotics are supposedly only for a small percentage of the elderly, many nursing home residents with dementia are given these drugs even though some have FDA warnings of an increased risk of death. This overuse of anti-psychotics was confirmed in a recent government audit.

Anti-Psychotics Continue to be Administered to the Elderly for Parkinson’s Disease Despite Known Dangers

Posted in Medication, News

According to The Wall Street Journal, new study published in Archives of Neurology, “showed that about half of elderly Parkinson’s patients with psychosis were prescribed an antipsychotic.” This is despite the fact that in 2005, the FDA issued a “black box” warning to antipsychotics due to an increase in risk of death in older dementia patients. “Black box” warnings are the strongest warnings given by the FDA and are placed on drugs where medical studies indicate that a drug carries a significant risk of serious or life threatening adverse effects.

Triad Group Issues a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of All Lots of Alcohol Prep Pads, Alcohol Swabs, and Alcohol Swabsticks Due to Potential Microbial Contamination

Posted in Medication, News

The Triad Group has initiated a voluntary recall for several of their products, including alcohol prep pads, alcohol swabs and alcohol swabsticks. The recall includes sterile and non-sterile products produced by Triad Group and was initiated due to concerns from a customer about potential contamination. The products are thought to contain an objectionable organism, Bacillus cereus. The Triad Group is issuing the recall in order to ensure that they are not the source of the contamination issues.

New Study Links Psychotropic Drugs to Increased Risk of Injuries and Death

Posted in Medication, News

Although psychotropic drugs are often used to control behavioral symptoms in nursing-home residents, recent data points out that these drugs are given to close to 2/3 of the dementia patients currently residing in nursing homes across the country and have devastating effects. The data states that prolonged use of these drugs leads to a greater risk of adverse effects and even death.

Drugs and Medication Use in the Nursing Home

Posted in Medication

People with a loved one in a nursing home often become drug experts. Drugs such as Risperdal, Ativan, and Zyprexa are frequently used in nursing homes, and not always for the right reasons. Even though it is not allowed under Federal law or the New Jersey Responsibilities of Nursing Homes Statute, N.J.S.A. 30:13-3(f), nursing homes may use psychotropic drugs as “chemical restraints” simply to save time, make residents compliant, and for convenience of the staff. This can be especially true in understaffed facilities.

Sterling Manor Staff Member Accused of Selling Drugs

Posted in Medication, News, Nursing Home Information

Theresa Walters, of Pennsauken, New Jersey, has been charged with conspiracy, distribution and possession of drugs and distribution in a school zone after police learned that she had been selling prescription drugs to residents at Sterling Manor Nursing Home in Maple Shade, New Jersey. Walters worked at Sterling Manor where she sold and offered to sell drugs to several people at the facility. It is not clear how many residents were offered the drugs or how many bought them.

Fosamax Attorneys Investigate Possible Claims

Posted in Injuries, Medication

We wanted to inform the readers of our blog that the Mass Tort Team of Stark & Stark is now reviewing possible claims against the popular osteoporosis drug, Fosamax. Patients who used Fosamax have reported serious side effects from the drug, including Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (also known as Fossy Jaw, Dead Jaw and Phossy Jaw), low-energy femur fractures and severe and painful injuries affecting bones, joints and muscles.

Digitek Injury Lawyers Investigate Possilbe Claims

Posted in Medication

We wanted to inform the readers of our blog of the recent recall for the drug Digitek. Digitek was initially prescribed to treat cardiac arrhythimas and heart failure, but more recently has been known to have devastating effects for those to have taken the medication.

Potential Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

Posted in Medication

Below is an extraordinarily promising article involving a potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease. A very significant component of nursing home and Assisted Living populations includes physically healthy individuals with developing Alzheimer’s.

Serum zinc and pneumonia in nursing home elderly

Posted in Medication

A new study has been developed with the objective to determine whether serum zinc concentrations in nursing home elderly are associated with the incidence and duration of pneumonia, total and duration of antibiotic use, and pneumonia-associated and all-cause mortality.