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Continued Low Rate of Clozapine Use and Wide Variability Found in State Medicaid Programs

Clozapine continues to be dramatically underutilized—despite it being the only drug approved for treatment-resistant schizophrenia—and there appears to be significant variation among states in its use for patients in the Medicaid program.

That’s the finding from an analysis of Medicaid data in 46 states published Monday in Psychiatric Services in Advance. Mark Olfson, M.D., M.P.H. , of Columbia University and colleagues updated a previous analysis from 2001 to 2005 to include data from 2006 to 2009.

Overall, clozapine accounted for 4.8% of antipsychotic use in schizophrenia from 2006 to 2009, with a slight decline during this period (5.7% in 2006 to 4.3% in 2009). Clozapine was least commonly used in the Deep South (Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama) and more commonly used in New England, the Rocky Mountain West, and Washington. The highest rate of clozapine prescribing was in South Dakota (15.6%) and the lowest was in Louisiana (2.0%).

The authors of the analysis noted several factors associated with low clozapine use: fiscal stress, inadequate staffing to monitor clozapine, patient reluctance about blood monitoring, and concerns over tolerability.

To read the complete article on Psychiatric Alert, please click here.

How to Help Save the Mentally Ill From Themselves

By NORMAN J. ORNSTEIN Published in The New York Times MY older son, Matthew Ornstein, died at age 34 on Jan. 3 from carbon monoxide poisoning. It was accidental — he fell asleep in a tent with a propane lantern — but his death was shaped by a lack of judgment driven by a 10-yearRead More

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New York City Finds One in Five Adults has Mental Health Problems November 12, 2015

At least one in five adult New Yorkers suffer from depression, substance abuse, suicidal thoughts or other psychological disorders every year, according to a report released on Thursday ahead of Mayor Bill de Blaiso’s new mental-health initiative. New York City’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene expects to release the plan, known as NYC Thrive,Read More

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Emergency Department Visits Related to Schizophrenia Among Adults Aged 18–64: United States, 2009–2011

A new NCHS report describes the rate and characteristics of emergency department (ED) visits related to schizophrenia among adults aged 18–64. Key Findings from the Report: During 2009–2011, an estimated 382,000 ED visits related to schizophrenia occurred each year among adults aged 18–64, with an overall ED visit rate of 20.1 per 10,000 adults. The overall rateRead More

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Schizophrenia Treatment: How does your state rank?

Clozapine is an antipsychotic medication used to treat the 20 to 30 percent of Schizophrenic patients who do not respond to other medications. This medication is referred to as the “gold standard” of Schizophrenia medications and, according to an expert on Schizophrenia, should be prescribed to at least 10% of people with Schizophrenia. A reportRead More

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Phone Support Groups

Family and Friends Support Group Not for Individuals Diagnosed Every Tuesday ­ 7 pm Eastern Time Frequent Guest Speakers   SA Conference Call Groups For Individuals Diagnosed Every Sunday, Thursday and Friday 7 pm Eastern Time   Spirit of SA Conference Call For SA Leaders and potential Leaders First Wednesday of Each Month 7 pmRead More

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by Brian D. On May 15, 1980, I graduated from The University of Connecticut School of Law.  I had no worries, except my studies, as my parents paid virtually all my bills until I was 25 years old. In college at Miami University, in Oxford, Ohio, I had a work study job, and for oneRead More

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Can playing video games improve your health?

A new study posted in Psychiatric Services has linked playing video games to better health. In the study patients with Schizophrenia participated in a 12 week program where they exercised for 1 hour, three times a week. The study found that the patients, who were given multiple choices of aerobic exercise options, chose active-play videoRead More

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Largest Schizophrenia and Schizoaffective Disorder Caregiver Survey Reveals Overwhelming Burden and Inadequate Assistance

In recognition of National Family Caregivers Month, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced results of “A Large-Scale Survey of Caregivers of Persons with Schizophrenia and/or Schizoaffective Disorder Designed to Identify Unmet Needs” that showed caregiving is a significant burden and caregivers lack sufficient support and assistance. The study was recently presented at the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s NEXUS 2015 Congress. TheRead More

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