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A new Rutgers study was recently published in Health Affairs about quality changes in antipsychotic drugs for foster children. The study found that overall growth in prescription rates has leveled off since a period of rapid growth in the early 2000’s.

“The ‘new normal’ levels of prescribing represent a substantially higher rate than was seen prior to the sharp expansion of the early 2000s,” said lead author Stephen Crystal, board of governors professor and associate director for health services research at Rutgers’ Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research, “Given safety concerns and uncertainties about long-term effects on brain development, encouraging judicious prescribing of antipsychotic medications for children remains a policy challenge and a priority.”

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