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Update on legal issues associated with tardive dyskinesia.

Authors
  • Slovenko, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
The Journal of clinical psychiatry
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2000
Volume
61 Suppl 4
Pages
45–57
Identifiers
PMID: 10739331
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Of the various drug therapies, antipsychotic medication presents some novel twists to old issues in law and psychiatry. From what is known, its benefits are high but so are its risks, notably the risk of tardive dyskinesia in the case of the neuroleptics. Presented here for consideration are legal issues of standard of care, informed consent, the right of institutionalized patients to refuse treatment, statute of limitations, and causal nexus.

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