HHS IG Calls On Drug Makers To Heed Marketing Laws After Report On Rampant Inappropriate Use Of Atypical Antipsychotics In Medicare
This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily
HHS Inspector General finds 88% of Medicare claims for atypical antipsychotic drugs for elderly nursing home residents were used in patients with dementia, despite strict warnings in product labeling.
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