MPs to examine the prescribing of antipsychotics- your views wanted Can you help? Urgent call for evidence into the use of antipsychotics (sedatives) The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia (APPG) is undertaking an inquiry into the prescription of antipsychotic drugs to people with dementia living in care homes. The APPG has decided to conduct this inquiry because carers, patient organisations and academics are expressing strong concerns about the appropriateness and safety of prescribing antipsychotics to people with dementia. The APPG are inviting individuals and organisations with an interest and expertise in this area to submit views on the following issues: 1. How widespread is the use of antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia in care homes? 2. Why are people with dementia in care homes being prescribed antipsychotic drugs? 3. To what extent is the use of these drugs appropriate? 4. What alternatives are there to the use of antipsychotics? 5. What steps should be taken to ensure the appropriate prescription of antipsychotic drugs for people with dementia? The deadline for submitting evidence is 18 February 2008. There is no maximum word count and submissions from organisations will be published unless specifically requested. We would prefer responses to be sent by e-mail (as an attachment in Word) to firstname.lastname@example.org Oral sessions are planned for February 2008. If you have any questions about the above, please contact the APPG Secretariat by emailing email@example.com or telephoning 0207 423 3585.