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By Benedict Carey

February 13, 2017

 

The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric

drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of

them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on

Monday.

 

The new analysis, based on data from doctors' office visits, suggests that

inappropriate prescribing to older people is more common than previously

thought. Office visits are a close, if not exact, estimate of underlying

patient numbers. The paper appears in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.