U.S. News reported that Kansas may require nursing facilities to get written permission from residents or their guardians before administering antipsychotic drugs. The federal government recently enacted similar informed consent rules that will help reduce improper antipsychotic use.
However, the powerful nursing home industry opposes the safety measure. For years, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has warned that antipsychotics increase the risk of falls, stroke and other potentially fatal side effects for people suffering from dementia. Kansas has been at or near the top in percentage of medicated residents, The Kansas City Star reported. Kansas also leads the nation in the percentage of skilled nursing facilities cited by the federal government for several medication-related violations, some of which relate to antipsychotics.