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Letters Antipsychotics and dementia

Medical Capacity Act 2005 should be invoked

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 09 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5340

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  1. Tim Branton, consultant psychiatrist1,
  2. Nick Brindle, consultant psychiatrist1,
  3. Tony Zigmond, consultant psychiatrist1
  1. 1Psychiatry of Old Age, AMD for Mental Health Legislation, The Mount, Leeds LS2 9LN
  1. tim.branton{at}

    A recent report highlights the risks associated with the use of antipsychotic drugs in managing behavioural and psychotic symptoms in dementia.1 We are surprised that it and the government’s response do not refer to the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and its associated code of practice.2

    Most patients with dementia who are prescribed antipsychotic …

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