Feb 8, 2011

Senior Dementia Patient Drugged Against Family's Wishes, Given Risky Antipsychotic Drug to Control Behaviour

She wasn't ready to be locked up. She called me 17 times the first day. 'Get me out of here. Get me out of here. Get me out of here'....
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The daughter of an elderly dementia patient is revealing how her mother was given a potentially dangerous drug — unapproved for treating her condition — in B.C. care facilities.

Hilda Penner was given the anti-psychotic drug Loxapine, without consent and despite her daughter's objections, records provided by her family show.

"We told them they were not to give her anti-psychotic drugs," said daughter Doreen Bodnar of the care facilities. "We knew those drugs were terrible for her — that they did terrible things to her."

According to Health Canada, Loxapine is intended for treating schizophrenia, but is not approved for dementia patients. In 2005, the agency warned anti-psychotic drugs have been linked to a higher death rate among seniors with that condition.

The video that accompanies this story is eye opening. The article is well written and the video is excellent.

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