Unnecessary Antibiotic Use and New Guidelines for Antibiotic Stewardship Programs

At least 30 percent of antibiotics prescribed in the US are unnecessary, according to new data published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in collaboration with Pew Charitable Trusts and other public health and medical experts. Researchers found that most of these unnecessary antibiotics are prescribed for respiratory conditions caused by viruses – including common colds, viral sore throats, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections – which do not respond to antibiotics.

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