Florida agency to review antipsychotic drug policy for kids

Daytona Beach News Journal

By M.C. MOEWE

The Florida Agency for Health Care Administration plans to create a subcommittee to review its guidelines on payments for medications after questions were raised about antipsychotics being prescribed for children in the state’s insurance program for the poor.

Medicaid will pay for a drug only if it is “medically necessary and prescribed for medically accepted indications,” according to the agency’s current guidelines.

The Daytona Beach News-Journal reported earlier this month that the number of Florida Medicaid children prescribed antipsychotics had nearly doubled — from 9,364 seven years ago to 18,137 in 2006. Among those children, the most common primary diagnosis was attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — an ailment not approved for treatment with antipsychotics by the Food and Drug Administration…

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