A CAMPAIGN to ensure that dementia sufferers are on the right medication has just begun in Kirklees.
Posters are being displayed throughout GP surgeries encouraging people with dementia who are taking antipsychotic drugs to have their prescriptions reviewed as soon as possible.
Antipsychotic drugs are often prescribed to people with dementia if they have severe behavioural and psychological symptoms.
The local NHS mental health trust has launched the Right Prescription campaign as part of the Government’s National Dementia Strategy, which aims to cut the number of dementia sufferers taking antipsychotic drugs by two-thirds before March 31, 2012.
Prescriptions will be handed out in a bag reminding patients to make an appointment for a review.
Mubashshir Fazlee, pharmacist with the South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The Right Prescription aims to get everybody with dementia, who is prescribed antipsychotics, a medication review from their GP or clinician.’’
For details log onto www.southwestyorkshire.nhs.uk/prescription.