Some veterans undergoing treatment for their post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related symptoms, which can be integral parts of veterans disability claims, respond well to prescription drugs whereas others must couple those prescription drugs with counseling to see results. The beginning, baseline treatment at the majority of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers is to use prescription drugs to control PTSD symptoms, such as the anti-psychotic drug risperidone.
Risperidone, however, has been proven to be completely ineffective in treating PTSD symptoms and is “no more effective than a placebo.” This information has only recently been made available, and after the VA spent more than $700 million over the last 10 years purchasing risperidone. Originally developed to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, it has been prescribed “off label” to thousands upon thousands of veterans to help manage their PTSD symptoms.
While the VA knows this they are moving forward with a contract for an unspecified dollar amount to purchase at least 200,000 bottles of risperidone, which means roughly “20 million pills in multiple dosages.” A questionable decision not only in times where everyone is financially strapped, but a time where soldiers and veterans struggle with prescription pill abuse.
There are some serious issues with how risperidone has been marketed by some of the companies who are party to the VA contract to the extent the Justice Department has placed at least one of the companies under investigation. The marketing is directly tied to the drugs “off label” use.
If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from Veterans Help Group is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veterans disability rights firm today – 1-855-855-8992.