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Members of Congress Send Letter to HHS OIG Requesting Examination of Use of Psychotropic Drugs in Nursing Homes

April 07, 2020

Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) of the Senate Finance Committee, Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.) and Ranking Member Kevin Brady (R-Texas) of the House Ways and Means Committee, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) jointly submitted a request to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG).  The letter requested that the inspector general perform a general review of the use of psychotropic and antipsychotic drugs in nursing facilities across the United States. The request rises out of decades-old concerns that there are insufficient safeguards in place to protect against the unnecessary or inappropriate prescription of these drugs.

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