How Nursing Homes in the United States Overmedicate People with Dementia

Old and Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem in Nursing Homes
December 8th, 2014 @ 10:50 am

This just makes me want to scream and cry. There’s a whole story today at NPR about how nursing homes are illegally — literally criminally — over-medicating patients with the exact same drug that killed mom. Check it out: Old and Overmedicated: The Real Drug Problem in Nursing Homes And I can’t get anyone at […]

Risperdal News
November 4th, 2013 @ 9:07 am

Health care manufacturer Johnson & Johnson and its subsidiaries will pay more than $2.2 billion to resolve criminal and civil investigations over allegations that they marketed three drugs for uses that were never approved, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday in Washington. The settlements also cover claims that the companies gave “kickbacks” to physicians […]

Trust, But Verify
April 11th, 2013 @ 3:05 pm

NPR just posted a story with the headline Seniors In The South Are More Apt To Be Prescribed Risky Drugs. If you have followed any part of my mother’s story for the last year or two, you know that I firmly believe this to be true. Nobody anywhere should ever blindly trust a doctor. Doctors […]

August 31st, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

A friend of mine sent me a link with some recent news about Risperdal: Risperdal, Anti-Psychotic Medication and Elder Care in Oregon On Thursday, August 30th, Oregon was one of 36 states, as well as Washington, D.C., that settled a case with a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary over improper marketing of Risperdal. A federal government […]

Oregon Risperdal Settlement
August 31st, 2012 @ 1:20 pm

I sent this note to attorney Steven Phillips of Pincus & Currier, LLP at the end of August, 2012:   The consumer protection settlement announced this morning is based on a long-running investigation into whether Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, paid kickbacks to providers to use the drug for unapproved purposes […]

Risperidone 0.5MG
August 20th, 2012 @ 9:23 am

About a week after she died, I contacted the corporate office of the pharmaceutical company which supplied drugs to Woodland Terrace, the assisted living facility where mom had been placed. I received an email from them three days later, which included a copy of mom’s (partial) pharmacy bill for August. It detailed that she was […]

Fulfilled Order for Risperidone
August 17th, 2012 @ 12:42 pm

At 3:42 PM EDT I received a phone call from (847) 241-3200, an Illinois phone number. It was Mary in the billing department at RxPerts Pharmacy. I gave her my last name and my mother’s name and she was happy to discuss my mother’s bill with me. I did not inform her that my mother […]

All About Risperdal
August 14th, 2012 @ 10:24 pm

Here are some notes about Risperdal, the drug prescribed to my mom by Dr. Mossler — a psychiatrist who saw my mom only one time — exactly one week ago, which I declined, and which — when I learned they were ignoring me and administering to her anyway — I begged and pleaded with them […]

A Request to Administer Risperdal
August 7th, 2012 @ 4:48 pm

Nurse Cheryl from Woodland Terrace called me just before five o’clock my time. She said she had a report from the psychologist who visited mom this morning which recommended that mom be administered Risperdal. I interrupted because I thought that mom was supposed to have seen Dr. Oh, a psychiatrist this morning, and that only […]