My mother was placed on the antipsychotic medication Zypexa during a rough stage of her ordeal with Alzheimer’s. Her need for this medication was never reviewed in the months and years after she started it. There is no doubt in my mind that it could have been discontinued had she been able to receive humane and dignified care.
“Don’t use antipsychotics as first choice to treat behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia”: this is one recommendation of Choosing Wisely. An initiative of the ABIM Foundation, Choosing Wisely is focused on encouraging physicians, patients and other health care stakeholders to think and talk about medical tests and procedures that may be unnecessary, and in some instances can cause harm.
I’m not sure it’s possible for capitalist societies to put good care above profits.