Antipsychotic drug prescriptions nearly double for kids with ADHD

NASHVILLE While parents, schools and physicians still struggle with the perceived overuse of the medication Ritalin to treat children with attention difficulties, a new study suggests the potential for another controversy. Researchers at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (Vanderbilt Children's Hospital) have found a new class of antipsychotic medications is being prescribed for an increasing number of TennCare children with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

The study, published in the August 3 issue of Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine, revealed that between 1996 and 2001 the proportion of children on TennCare, Tennessee's program for Medicaid enrolles and the uninsured, who were new users of powerful atypical antipsychotic medications almost doubled, from 23 per 10,000 children to 45 per 10,000. Use for behavioral problems associated with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and mood disorders increased more than twofold. Perhaps most concerning, the adolescent population had more than a threefold increase in use of the drugs for ASDHD/conduct disorder, that amounted to nearly one in every 100 adolescents covered under TennCare.

The study's authors, led by William Cooper, M.D., associate professor of Pediatrics at Children's Hospital, tracked medical records of thousands of children listed in Tennessee's managed care program between 1996 and 2001. They eliminated any child listed with a severe disability, including a severe mental illness like psychosis or autism. The team suspects the concerns extend to the entire population and have started working with CDC records in a new study to determine the problem's extent.

Cooper and Catherine Fuchs, M.D., associate professor of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt, began noticing an increasing number of children in Vanderbilt's clinics who were on antipsychotic drugs. In 2001, Cooper and Fuchs began the retrospective research.

"There were three a


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Antipsychotic drugs linked to insulin resistance in children
2. Antipsychotic drug has few side effects in Alzheimers patients
3. Elderly receiving inappropriate prescriptions from their doctors office
4. Patients benefit when doctor uses computer, not paper, to write prescriptions
5. Researchers confirm Vioxx nearly doubled cardiovascular risks in cancer prevention study
6. Morbidly obese pay nearly twice as much for health care
7. Simple intervention nearly eliminates catheter-related bloodstream infections
8. Study finds nearly 60% of American adults may have elevated blood pressure
9. Children walk nearly as much as their grandparents did
10. Speech recognition experts at OGI School of Science & Engineering receive nearly $700,000 in grants
11. NYU Child Study Center raises nearly $3.2 million at annual child advocacy award dinner

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/28/2020)... ... August 28, 2020 , ... ... Craig Mandeville was named an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Florida Award finalist. ... business leaders whose ambitions deliver innovation, growth and prosperity as they build and ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... ... August 28, 2020 , ... The 15 scholarships ... Lighthouse Health & Wellness mobile app and web-portal. NCPCV received a 2020 grant ... awards grants each year to organizations, such as Destination Imagination, which support and ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... ... August 28, 2020 , ... Integrated Viral Protection (IVP ... Florida school to deploy its breakthrough Mobile Biodefense Indoor Air Protection System that is ... Classical Academy plans to fully reopen equipped with the filtration system on September 8th. ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... ... 28, 2020 , ... A July 27 article ... at an increased risk of developing severe COVID-19 symptoms. The article does not ... the same organ systems that the coronavirus attacks are already suffering from the ...
(Date:8/27/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 27, 2020 , ... ... doors! Sikara Medspa is a leading aesthetic and wellness retreat. The practice is ... and surrounding areas of Las Vegas. , Designed to be a sanctuary ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... Welltech1, the first Israeli ... have invested $400,000 in PopBase, one of two start-ups that beat 152 companies ... Institute (GWI). , The competition was part of the GWI’s The Wellness ...
(Date:8/28/2020)... ANGELES (PRWEB) , ... August 28, 2020 , ... ... board-certified reproductive and endoscopic surgeon and serves as a clinical professor in the Department ... President of the American Laparoscopy Society & Pacific Coast Reproductive Society and is a ...
(Date:8/27/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Bleep LLC, maker of the DreamPort mask-less CPAP solution, announced ... new spokesperson. , “In my line of work, a good night of sleep is ... it was a Bleeping no brainer for me,” said Jensen. “From the moment I ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: