Some providers give unnecessary antibiotics to youths with asthma

05/24/2011 | HealthDay News

A study in Pediatrics found that of 60.4 million provider visits of children with asthma, antibiotics were prescribed 16% of the time even though none of the visits required such prescriptions. Data also indicate that antibiotics were prescribed less frequently when asthma education was included in the medical visits. Researchers found that primary care providers 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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