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Antipsychotic use in young children declines following peer review policy

November 17, 2017

Following implementation of the peer review prior authorization policy, atypical antipsychotic use significantly decreased among children aged younger than 5 to 8 years in Medicaid programs.

“In response to the growing cardiometabolic safety concerns about the use of atypical antipsychotic medications in children, several state Medicaid agencies have adopted a novel, more clinically nuanced and individualized approach to reviewing the appropriateness of [atypical antipsychotic] use, namely, peer review prior authorization policies,” Julie M. Zito, PhD, of University of Maryland, Baltimore, and colleagues wrote. “Physicians must receive preapproval through contracted clinicians (peer reviewers) to prescribe [atypical antipsychotics] to certain-aged children.”

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