Medical News & Perspectives
November 13, 2013

APA Targets Unnecessary Antipsychotic Use

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JAMA. 2013;310(18):1909-1910. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.281140

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) is targeting the overuse of antipsychotic medications, drugs that have been increasingly prescribed in the past decade, often inappropriately. The APA’s action is part of a broader effort by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to reduce unnecessary medical interventions and testing.

In September, the APA joined more than 30 other specialty medical organizations participating in the ABIM’s Choosing Wisely campaign by offering its own list of 5 interventions that physicians should avoid and patients should question. But one feature of the APA’s list stands out, because all 5 of its recommendations target the use of a single class of drugs—antipsychotics (See box).

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