From Ken Ditkowsky:
Indeed – it is a good day for reflection – but with Jerome Larkin and his co-conspirators out there unpunished and still assaulting the First Amendment Rights of citizens (including lawyers) I have to continue my campaign to get him some housing in a Federal correctional facility so others may enjoy America.
I did notice in the Wall Street Journal that the government is starting to notice that pharmaceuticals are being used indiscriminately. A couple of cc’s of a chemical can eliminate – at either insurance company or government expense – many hours of nursing. A few drops of a chemical and a vibrant (or obnoxious) patient is docile and co-cooperative. PT can be simplified to moving the patient to a wheel chair and in front of TV screen. The poor zombie does not know if he/she is watching the Bears or test pattern. The costs go down dramatically and the $8000 a month base charge yields a profit of $6500.00 and each of the doses administered can yield 700 to 1000% pure profit. The legal drug business is more profitable than the illegal – cocaine has less profit!
In recent years, Medicaid has spent more money on antipsychotic drugs for Americans than on any other class of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, AIDS drugs or medicine to treat high-blood pressure.
One reason: Nursing homes across the U.S. are giving these drugs to elderly patients to quiet symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
Nearly 30% of the total nursing-home population is receiving antipsychotic drugs, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, known as CMS. In a practice known as “off label” use of prescription drugs, patients can get these powerful medicines whether they are psychotic or not. CMS says nearly 21% of nursing-home patients who don’t have a psychosis diagnosis are on antipsychotic drugs.
That is what happened to a woman listed in New York state health department inspection records as Resident #18. The 84-year-old Alzheimer’s patient, who lives at the Orchard Manor nursing home in Medina, N.Y., likes to wander and roll her wheelchair around her unit, according to a report filed earlier this year, and sometimes she nervously taps her foot.
To address her behavior, which was considered disruptive, Resident #18 was given a powerful antipsychotic drug called Seroquel, a drug approved for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Resident #18 is not psychotic and Seroquel — like other atypical antipsychotics — carries a “black box” warning that elderly dementia patients using it face a higher risk of death.
“She is a handful,” says Thomas Morien, administrator of Orchard Manor. “Other residents complain about her because often at night, she will get up and go to their rooms.” The patient has since been taken off the drugs.
“You walk into facilities where you see residents slumped over in their wheelchairs, their heads are hanging, and they’re out of it, and that is unacceptable,” says Christie Teigland, director of informatics research for the New York Association of Homes and Services for the Aging, a not-for-profit industry group. Her research, which she believes reflects national trends, shows that about one-third of dementia patients in New York’s nursing homes are on antipsychotics; some facilities have rates as high as 60% to 70%. “These drugs are being given way too much to this frail elderly population,” Dr. Teigland says.
And that is exactly what you see when you go see Alan Frake and Judge Quinn doesn’t care and hands back reports of abuse right back to the abusers–Ted Rhodes, Cary Peck, Tom Kleinhenz and Rehab Assist.
And the on the use of antibiotics in nursing home:
New Push to Stop Overuse of Antibiotics in Nursing Homes
Up to 75% of prescriptions are incorrect as heath officials open a new front in war on overuse
Health officials and health-care executives, concerned by a rise in dangerous drug-resistant infections, are turning more attention to nursing homes, where antibiotics are some of the most frequently prescribed medications. They have concentrated over the past several years on curbing misuse of antibiotics in hospitals.
Up to 70% of nursing home residents receive one or more courses of antibiotics every year for urinary tract infections, pneumonia, cellulitis and other suspected conditions, according to researchers. Yet up to 75% of those prescriptions are given incorrectly—either unnecessarily or the prescription is for the wrong drug, dose or duration, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.
One of the biggest culprits, researchers say: misdiagnosed urinary tract infections. Only a quarter to a third of people in nursing homes who are diagnosed have actual symptoms, according to several studies. Most have only vague symptoms like confusion or bacteria in their urine that aren’t actually causing an infection, says David Nace, director of long-term care and flu programs at the University of Pittsburgh. UTIs are “the poster child of inappropriate antibiotic use,” he says.
Such practices spawn the spread of drug-resistant bacteria that can be particularly harmful to the elderly and are very difficult if not impossible to treat, researchers say.
If you know anything about MRSA or anti biotic resistant infections, they are nearly 100% deadly. This is what nursing homes are incubating and spreading to the general population.
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a bacterium responsible for several difficult-to-treat infections in humans. It is also called oxacillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. Wikipedia