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Non-prescription antibiotic use is “public health problem” in US, finds study

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 24 July 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l4836
  1. Elisabeth Mahase
  1. The BMJ

Use of antibiotics that have not been prescribed occurs throughout the US population and is a public health problem, but research into the effects on antimicrobial resistance is lacking, a study concludes.1

Researchers analysed 31 studies conducted in the US between 2000 and 2019 that reported non-prescription use of antibiotics and influencing factors. They found that the prevalence of use varied from …

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