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In study, many cancer patients prescribed unnecessary antibiotics

Nearly one-third of hematology-oncology patients at one Seattle cancer treatment center were prescribed antibiotics for upper respiratory infections despite respiratory viruses being detected in most tested patients, according to study findings.  “Antibiotics are frequently prescribed for upper respiratory tract infections (URI) despite viral etiologies for the majority of these illnesses. In the United States, the estimated annual rate of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions for acute respiratory conditions is 221 per 1,000 people, and of these, approximately 50% are considered inappropriate. As such, the CDC and other national organizations have highlighted antibiotic use for acute URI as a key target for antimicrobial stewardship,” Elizabeth M. Krantz, MS, of the vaccine and infectious disease division at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, and colleagues wrote.  Read more...

 

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