Study encourages distribution of cold and cough health kits

03/1/2004 | Reuters

The new Minnesota Antibiotics Resistance Collaborative study found that giving out the kits, which contain over-the-counter medicines for coughs and colds, led to significantly less unnecessary use of antibiotics. Because most upper respiratory illnesses and acute bronchitis are caused by viruses instead of bacteria, and antibiotics only work on bacteria, preventing cold and cough sufferers from taking antibiotics helps prevent drug resistant strains of diseases while the kit still helps the patient.

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