Some docs prescribe unnecessary antibiotics to youths with asthma

05/24/2011 | HealthDay News

A study in Pediatrics found that of 60.4 million doctor visits for children with asthma in which no antibiotics were required, antibiotics were prescribed 16% of the time. But data also indicate that antibiotics were prescribed less frequently when asthma education was included in the medical care visits. Researchers found that primary care doctors were more likely to prescribe antibiotics for children with asthma, while emergency department doctors were least likely to give such prescriptions.

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