A third of US antibiotic prescriptions are inappropriate, finds CDC studyBMJ 2016; 353 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i2660 (Published 10 May 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2660
- Owen Dyer
Nearly a third of all antibiotic prescriptions written in the United States are given to patients who will not benefit or do not meet the clinical criteria for treatment with antibacterials, concludes a study published in JAMA, the journal of the American Medical Association.1
Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and the non-profit, non-governmental organization Pew Charitable Trusts looked at data from more than 184 000 visits to doctor’s offices, hospital clinics, and emergency departments, drawing from the 2010-2011 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey and National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey.
Of these visits, 12.6% resulted in antibiotic prescriptions. For every …