Legal liability with psychotropic drug use: Extrapyramidal syndromes and tardive dyskinesia

M. J. Mills, S. Eth

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The use of medication has become essential to the practice of modern psychiatry. Despite the enormous benefits associated with the administration of psychotropics, these drugs also carry the risk of significant adverse reactions. The legal implications of side effects of antipsychotic agents are explored. The particular focus is on the potentially serious liability confronting the psychiatrist whose patient develops delayed neuromuscular complications. Whenever neuroleptic medication is used, it is crucial for all psychiatrists to be cognizant of the need to obtain voluntary informed consent in the context of clinically appropriate treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-33
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Psychiatry
Issue numberSUPPL. SEP.
StatePublished - Jan 1 1987


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  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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