2 May 2024

Calls for better monitoring of antipsychotic drug linked to hundreds of deaths

Health and Social Care Editor

The families of people who have died while taking an antipsychotic drug have told Channel 4 News there needs to be a wholesale change in how it’s monitored. Around 37,000 people in the UK are prescribed clozapine, which is primarily used to treat drug-resistant schizophrenia.

Its benefits are huge, but it’s a high-risk medicine and without proper monitoring those risks can be fatal. The drug has been linked to some 400 deaths a year since its approval for use here.