You can now read 10 articles in a month for free on Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

The Boston Globe

Health & wellness

Speakers clash over need for written consent for antipsychotic drugs

Physicians and consumer advocates clashed over regulations on prescribing psychoactive drugs to nursing home residents during a legislative committee meeting Tuesday at the State House.

Three bills — two in the Senate, one in the House — would require that doctors obtain written consent from patients or their legal representatives before prescribing antipsychotics and other powerful mind-altering drugs in nursing homes or hospitals.

Loading comments...

You have reached the limit of 10 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week