Queensland Government criticised for its mental health care record
Alison Sandy | The Courier-Mail | 14 Jan 2013
A MAN who choked on a cake of soap is one of 24 people who died "unexpected, unnatural or violent deaths" under the care of Queensland mental health facilities in the past 21/2 years. Queensland Health files - released after a Right To Information request by The Courier-Mail - reveal that half of those mental health patients were inside psychiatric units at the time, prompting Queensland's mental health chief to say the state could do better.
Stakeholders argue the deaths remain inevitable while State Government continues to ignore the recommendations coming out of their coronial inquests. Queensland's mental health chief said it was impossible to "suicide-proof" any facility but admitted they could do better. Other cases that are the subject of coronial inquests include:..(read on)
ADUSAVE (loxapine) Inhalation Powder Approved For Schizophrenia Or Bipolar Agitation
Editor's Choice Medical News Today | 07 Jan 2013
ADASUVE (loxapine) Inhalation Powder has just been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the acute treatment of agitation resulting from schizophrenia or bipolar I disorder. They anticipate that the treatment will be available around the third quarter of 2013. Acute agitation is one of the most severe symptoms of disorders for such conditions as schizophrenia and bipolar, and includes tension, hostility and irritability...(read more)
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