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Prescription Pills

Too Many Drugs For Swedish Pensioners

Published torsdag 19 mars 2009 kl 12.10

Carers in Swedish old people’s homes are continuing to prescribe too many anti-depressants to the people living there, according to a new report from the Swedish Board of Health and Welfare.

Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter ran a series of stories on the issue several months back, with reports on how residents with dementia and other problems had been given the wrong pills, and often unnecessarily, with patients needing human contact and compassion, rather than pills. And despite calls to cut back on the drugs, the Board of Health and Welfare says doctors and nurses are still handing out too many prescriptions. New, stricter, guidelines are now being written.

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