Letters Antipsychotics and dementia

Let’s not waste more resources

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5343 (Published 09 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5343
  1. Thomas A Groves, ST3 GP registrar1
  1. 1Studley, Warwickshire B80 7QU
  1. thomas.groves{at}doctors.org.uk

    Both medical and non-medical publications have revealed that antipsychotic drugs lead to excess mortality secondary to cardiovascular disease in patients with dementia.1 And this excess use is being blamed on primary care and general practitioners.

    In June 2009, however, I audited drug use in patients with dementia during my second year of general practice …

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