Cross-sectional analysis by the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University of 456,315 youths enrolled in Medicaid between 1997 and 2006 finds that the use of antipsychotics skyrocketed up to 12x, “and reflects”, according to the authors, “increased medication use for behavioral problems.” The results appeared in Psychiatric Services this month.
Zito, M., Burcu, M., Ibe, A., et al; Antipsychotic Use by Medicaid-Insured Youths: Impact of Eligibility and Psychiatric Diagnosis Across a Decade. Psychiatric Services 64(3); Online March 1, 2013
Of further interest:
Antipsychotic Use Skyrockets in America’s Poorest Children (Medscape Today)