Study finds excessive prescribing of strong antibiotics to adults

08/9/2013 | HealthDay News

Many providers prescribe powerful antibiotics even though the patient's illness is not caused by a bacteria, according to a study published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. Researchers examined data from more than 238,000 adult ambulatory visits in the U.S. from 2007 to 2009 and found that providers prescribed "broad-spectrum" antibiotics more than 60% of the time, but more than 25% of the prescriptions were useless because patients had viral infections.

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