Top of Mind with Julie Rose
Drugs and Politics in Mexico, Antipsychotic Medications
Episode: Drugs and Politics in Mexico, Antipsychotic Medications
- Jul 20, 2015 9:00 pm
- 14:12 mins
Michael Schoenbaum, Ph.D. is Senior Advisor for Mental Health Services, Epidemiology, and Economics at the National Institute of Mental Health. Parents have a big decision to make when their children are prescribed antipsychotics. These drugs will allow their children to better function in society, but at what cost? Antipsychotics can lead to long-term health problems, especially in children. This month the National Institute of Mental Health studied the trends of antipsychotic use among children and young adults. A surprising finding was that many of the prescriptions made for antipsychotic drugs were off-label, meaning these drugs were prescribed in ways not approved by the Food and Drug Administration.