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Inappropriate use of antipsychotics common in children

KEY POINT

Quality-of-care concerns with the use of second-generation antipsychotics in children enrolled in Medicaid were observed in 67% of reviewed cases from five states. Issues cited in a report released by the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Office of Inspector General included inadequate monitoring, wrong dose, wrong treatment, and excessive duration of therapy.

SOURCES

Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General. Second-generation antipsychotic drug use among Medicaid-enrolled children: quality-of-care concerns. Accessed April 8, 2015.