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Johnson and Johnson to pay up to $2.2 billion in Risperdal lawsuit

Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson has agreed to pay as much as $2 billion to resolve an investigation into its marketing of the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal. The lawsuit claims Johnson & Johnson paid kickbacks to a company that provided prescription drugs to nursing home patients in order to increase the sales of Risperdal, a drug approved to treat symptoms of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The drug has been associated with an increased risk of death in elderly people with dementia. The settlement will include a $400 million criminal fine. The final amount Johnson & Johnson pays will be determined by how many ... Read More

SSRIs increase fall risk for elderly patients with dementia

Falls are the No. 1 cause of accidental death in people age 65 years and older, and one common medication among elderly patients with dementia may be exacerbating the situation, suggests the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Many patients with dementia also suffer from depression, and are often prescribed antidepressants. Doctors have known that older antidepressants, which carry side effects such as dizziness and unsteadiness, have contributed to falls. They had hoped switching patients to a newer class of antidepressants, known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), would change those statistics. But the new study shows the newer SSRIs, among the ... Read More

Virginia women take nude photos of nursing home residents

In a developing story first reported by WSLS TV in Roanoke, Virginia, on Wednesday, now two former employees of the Waddell Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Galax have been arrested. They are charged with intentionally videotaping and taking photos of residents either undressing or in the nude, without the residents’ consent. According to the WSLS report by Ashely Roberts, the Galax Police Chief says social services workers received an anonymous tip that led them to investigate the nursing home for what were described as pornographic images of residents. Yesterday, 29-year-old Sharon Ann Walker was arrested on two counts of knowingly ... Read More

Families of nursing home abuse victims speak out using social media

It was almost unbelievable, the reports of patients being physically and sexually abused by nursing home aides at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea in Minnesota. The aides said they didn’t mean any harm when they held down patients, shoved their fingers and hands in their mouths and noses to quiet their cries and screams, rubbed and hit their breasts and genitals, and sexually “humped” them. They simply called it, “work fun, or to get a good laugh.” But no one was laughing when the reports went public and lit up news media across the country. Two aides now face ... Read More

New guidelines aim to improve nursing home care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance for nursing home surveyors, offering more clarification for several components of the survey that aim to improve nursing home residents’ quality of life and environment. Under these new guidelines, nursing home surveys will be focused on key areas such as ensuring residents live with dignity, offering choices in care and services, accommodating the environment to each residents’ needs and preferences, and creating a more homelike environment with access to visitors. CMS Acting Administrator Charlene Frizzera calls the revisions groundbreaking. “The improvements in the guidance are intended to support efforts ... Read More

Maggots found crawling out of nursing home resident’s leg cast

Florida state regulators have recently fined Azalea Court nursing home in West Palm Beach, Florida $16,000 after a patient was found on the floor with maggots crawling out of his leg cast, according to On Call with Phil Galewitz, from the Palm Beach Post. The nursing home was cited for failing to have a comprehensive care plan for treating the patient’s broken leg, which resulted in an “infestation of maggots,” according to the inspection report. The man’s injury should have been treated every three days but the nursing home was only able to document weekly treatments. In April 2008, just ... Read More

Beasley Allen files complaint against Arkansas nursing home

Beasley Allen attorney J.P. Sawyer is representing the family of an Arkansas man who suffered at the hands of staff ill-equipped to care for him at the White Hall Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. The complaint alleges the nursing home facility put profits over people, misrepresenting its ability to properly care for residents in order to hold onto government funding. The complaint, filed in the Circuit Court of Jefferson County, Ark., alleges defendants including Central Arkansas Nursing Centers, Inc., Nursing Consultants, Inc., Park Health Care, LLC, and Michael Morton, misrepresented the skill and number of its nursing staff in order to ... Read More

Nursing homes that jeopardize safety no longer face fines in Iowa

Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed a bill in to law this week that removes fines imposed on nursing homes that do not meet minimum health and safety standards, according to the Des Moines Register. Under the new law, nursing homes would no longer be fined for not having competent, licensed administrators or caregivers in their facilities; not having a qualified nurse on duty, or for understaffing at the facility, one of the leading contributors to resident neglect. The few fines that can be imposed can be reduced by 35 percent if the nursing home agrees not to formally appeal the ... Read More

Kentucky investigators urge nursing homes to ban cell phones

Members of the staff at Bluegrass Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lexington, Kentucky, didn’t think their joke would get out of hand. They would attach sexually explicit song lyrics to photos of residents taken with their cell phone cameras and send them as text messages to other employees. “We were just having fun,” an employee told state investigators. “Everybody was on the cell phone 24/7.” The Inspector General’s Office of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services didn’t see the humor in the incidents and has requested Kentucky facilities to prevent the same such use of cell phones among staff. ... Read More

Nursing home staff fired for taking inappropriate photos of residents

Several staff members at a Kentucky nursing home were fired recently after an investigation found that employees had taken inappropriate photos and made audio recordings of residents at the facility, attached them to songs with sexual lyrics, and circulated them to other employees at the nursing home, according to the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader. Interviews with Bluegrass Care and Rehabilitation Center in Lexington Kentucky staff including aides, licensed staff and housekeepers revealed that no one recognized the photos and recordings as abuse and as a result did not report the incident to management. The nursing home received a Type A citation ... Read More