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Medicaid children and access to antipsychotic drugs

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If you're a kid and poor, you're more likely to be prescribed antipsychotic drugs - four times more likely to be exact - than if you're a kid from a middle-income family. We check in with the study's lead author on this stark disparity and the reasons behind the numbers.


Stephen Crystal, (Ph.D.), Board of Governors Professor and Director for the Center for Pharmacotherapy, Chronic Disease Management, and Outcomes -- and Center for Education and Research on Mental Health Therapeutics at Rutgers University. He is lead author of the study.

Dr. Bonnie Zima, Professor in Residence and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Associate Director, UCLA Health Services Research Center