Nursing home medications and their appropriateness (both in the medications administered as well as the dosages received) is a topic that has received a considerable amount of attention. Many people believe that antipsychotic drugs are among the drugs that are overprescribed.
A recent news item concerning a Chicago psychiatrist, Dr. Michael Reinstein, and his prescriptions to Illinois nursing home residents is noteworthy in this regard.
According to news reports, the Illinois’ Department of Financial and Professional Regulation has indefinitely suspended Reinstein’s license.
An excerpt from the Chicago Tribune article of August 11, 2014, titled “Illinois suspends license of controversial psychiatrist“:
For years, Dr. Michael Reinstein was a prolific prescriber of a dangerous antipsychotic drug in nursing homes and mental health facilities, giving it to more than 50 percent of the patients under his care.
The psychiatrist’s prescriptions of clozapine, known as a risky drug of last resort, were linked to three patients’ deaths and triggered federal accusations of kickbacks and fraud.
Additional details concerning this alleged Illinois nursing home overprescription issue can be seen in a variety of media sources, including the Chicago Tribune article mentioned above, as well as the Propublica.org article of August 11 titled “Illinois Suspends Medical License of Leading Prescriber of Antipsychotic Drugs” as well as the August 12 McKnight’s article titled “Doctor accused of vastly overprescribing antipsychotic to nursing home residents loses license.”
Should you or someone you care for experience Illinois nursing home abuse or neglect – or a nursing home accident – please contact the Elman Law Group to discuss the situation and to see what legal remedies may exist.
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