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Research finds 81% of antibiotics prescribed by dentists are totally unnecessary

Dentists are among some of the top prescribers of antibiotics in the United States, accounting for around 10 percent of all antibiotic prescriptions. A recent study, however, reports that a staggering 81 percent of the antibiotics prescribed by dentists are unnecessary.  The study, led by Katie Suda, associate professor of pharmacy systems, outcomes and policy at the UIC College of Pharmacy, warns that this practice of prescribing unnecessary antibiotics opens patients up to a number of risks. It also contributes to the problem of antibiotic resistance — a phenomenon wherein bacteria eventually develop resistance to the drugs over time.  Read more.....

 

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