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Bill would require consent to use antipsychotics

Concern about overuse of anti­psychotic medications and similar drugs in nursing homes, hospitals, and other health care facilities has prompted a sweeping proposal that would require Massachusetts facilities to inform patients, or their legal representatives, in writing of the medications’ risks, benefits, and alternatives.

This informed consent process would need to be repeated every three months if patients were taking these drugs long term, under a bill filed Friday by Representative Shaunna O’Connell, a Taunton Republican, and Senator Patricia Jehlen, a Somerville Democrat who has cochaired the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs.

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