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A quantitative analysis of antidepressant and antipsychotic prescriptions following an earthquake in Italy†
Article first published online: 19 JAN 2011
Copyright © 2011 International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
Journal of Traumatic Stress
Volume 24, Issue 1, pages 129–132, February 2011
How to Cite
Rossi, A., Maggio, R., Riccardi, I., Allegrini, F. and Stratta, P. (2011), A quantitative analysis of antidepressant and antipsychotic prescriptions following an earthquake in Italy. J. Traum. Stress, 24: 129–132. doi: 10.1002/jts.20607
- Issue published online: 23 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 19 JAN 2011
Because natural disasters provoke an increase in mental and medical disorders in survivors, an increase in psychotropic prescriptions has been observed following disasters. This study assesses the pharmacoepidemiology of antidepressant and antipsychotic drug prescriptions after an earthquake in Italy by using an administrative database. Statins and diabetic medications served as control medications. Comparison of the rates in the 6 months after the earthquake to the same period one year before revealed a 37% increase of new prescriptions for antidepressants and a 129% increase for antipsychotic prescriptions. Older age and female gender was associated with the increased number of prescriptions.