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NHS given another year to prescribe fewer 'killer' drugs

30th November 2011

The NHS has been given an extra 16 months to hit a target to prescribe fewer antipsychotic drugs.

The 2012-13 operating framework includes a target to reduce the use of antipsychotic medicines for people with dementia by two thirds, however, health minister Paul Burstow – who said such drugs “kill” dementia patients – last year announced a similar proposal with a deadline of November 2011. Some experts have criticised the use of the drugs as a “chemical cosh” to control vulnerable people.


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