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Prescriptions for Mental Health Drugs

General practitioners write most prescriptions for mental health drugs

According to a study conducted by researchers from Thomson Reuters and the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), of the 472 million prescriptions written for psychotropic medications during the study period, researchers found that general practitioners prescribed 62 percent of antidepressants, 52 percent of stimulants (mainly drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), 37 percent of antipsychotics, and 22 percent of anti-mania medications. Pediatricians were included as general practitioners and wrote 25 percent of all stimulant prescriptions.

Source: Thomson Reuters, September 30, 2009.


October 20, 2009 - Posted by | drugs, healthcare | , , ,

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