I was shocked (but sadly not entirely surprised) to hear from Dr Karim Saad, UK Chair of ALCOVE that:
"It is estimated that 2/3rds of current UK prescriptions of antipsychotics for people living with dementia are inappropriate"
This was in a talk given to the Alzheimer's Europe Conference in Glasgow on the 21st October 2014.
Dr Saad then explored the evidence of harm caused by such prescribing.
In this film you will also find the evidence that prescribing of antipsychotics in Scotland (for all ages and for and for all indications) has increased by almost 40% in a decade.
I wonder why are seeing such evidenced increased prescribing of drugs that are not without significant potential for harm?
The Pharmaceutical Industry, not so long ago, were saying that "antipsychotics" were "neuroprotective"? Dr Henry Nasrallah, on a paid "educational" (CPD) teaching event to NHS Forth Valley argued that this was the case.
(minor point: I do not like the proliferation of the term "Toolbox" in healthcare language. I keep my toolbox in my car. I use tools to fix mechanical, inanimate, inorganic objects and not the wonder of living human diversity)