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Study Shows New Antipsychotics Overused


A study finds that new antipsychotics meant for schizophrenia and being wide prescribed and overused without many benefits:

" Although first approved to treat schizophrenia, new antipsychotic medications are increasingly being prescribed for a host of other uses, even when there is little evidence they work, U.S. researchers said on Friday.

The drugs, known as "atypical antipsychotics," have quickly eclipsed older-generation or "typical" antipsychotics and are increasingly used to treat conditions like bipolar disorder, depression and even autism.

"What we see is wide adoption for the use of these medications far beyond the evidence base to support it," said Dr. Caleb Alexander of the University of Chicago and a consultant for IMS Health, a company that collects data on prescription drugs."

Read More: http://wnflam.com/news/articles/2011/jan/07/newer-antipsychotics-overused-us-study-suggests/

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