Many doctors prescribe antibiotics for sore throats and bronchitis, which are usually caused by viruses, according to data derived from two national ambulatory care databases. Antibiotics are prescribed in 60% of sore throat cases and 73% of bronchitis cases, researchers report, and experts warned that the inappropriate utilization contributes to antibiotic resistance, high costs and needless side effects. The study on sore throats appeared in JAMA Internal Medicine, and the report on bronchitis was presented at the IDWeek meeting.
Study finds widespread inappropriate antibiotic use
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