Investigation Finds Drug is Overused in Nursing Homes

A recent investigation by CNN reporters found that nursing homes have ramped up prescriptions of a drug that has not been thoroughly tested on elderly people. The drug – Nuedexta – is the only medication approved for treatment of pseudobulbar affect (PBA), a neurological disorder that causes uncontrollable or exaggerated fits of laughing and crying.

PBA is associated with other disorders of the brain, such as multiple sclerosis (MS), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Alzheimer’s disease. PBA is often misdiagnosed as depression, bipolar disorder, and other conditions, so it’s difficult to estimate how many people have this disorder, but research published in 2013 suggested 1.8 million to 7.1 million people could have PBA.

CNN found that the number of Nuedexta pills prescribed in nursing homes jumped about 400 percent in four years – from 3 million pills in 2012 to …

Texas Nursing Home Neglect Lawyer
Does Nursing Home Understaffing Contribute to Abuse and Neglect?

Families sometimes find that an elderly relative needs to be moved to a nursing home where 24-hour skilled care is available. But in recent years, many news stories have revealed that nursing homes aren’t necessarily the safest environment for residents.

Tales of nursing home employees’ abusing residents, neglecting their needs, and stealing from them have prompted some families to wonder how they can ensure their loved ones will be well cared for in a long-term care facility. To protect loved ones from potentially dangerous situations, families should visit several nursing homes and ask a lot of questions before choosing where to place a relative. One of the warning signs that a home could put residents at risk is understaffing.

The Effects of Understaffing

Texas law requires nursing homes to maintain appropriate staffing levels, but it does not mention specific …