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There’s a 43% Chance You May Not Need Your Antibiotic

According to a new study, there’s a hefty chance you don’t actually need the antibiotic your doctor prescribed you. Researchers examined data from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, which included information from more than 990 million doctor visits in the U.S. in 2015. They found that 13% of the visits — about 130 million — resulted in an antibiotic prescription. The researchers then used the data to determine if the prescriptions were appropriate. The study showed that 57% of the antibiotic prescriptions were appropriate for patients, but 25% were not. The remaining 18% were left undetermined due to too little data. That means that potentially, 43% of prescriptions could be inappropriate. Read more....

 

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