Study: Antibiotics over-prescribed for children with sore throats

11/9/2005 | Reuters

Too many children are being prescribed antibiotics for treating sore throats, report researchers in a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. They found that 53% of the 7.3 million children diagnosed with sore throats each year are prescribed antibiotics when only 15% to 36% have strep throat or a type of pharyngitis the drugs can treat. Researchers also noted only half the children in the study had been tested for strep.

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