Study: Antibiotics overprescribed for bronchitis

11/15/2006 | HealthDay News

Doctors are overprescribing antibiotics to treat bronchitis, two Virginia researchers say. Only a small percentage of acute bronchitis cases are caused by bacteria that respond to antibiotics, the researchers said. Nevertheless, antibiotics are prescribed for up to 80% of bronchitis patients, which the researchers say could lead to resistant strains of organisms that no longer respond to current antibiotics.

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