CDC: Too Many Antibiotics Still Being Prescribed in U.S.
MONDAY, Sept. 19, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Despite growing concerns about creating drug-resistant bacteria, overprescribing of antibiotics in U.S. hospitals didn’t drop between 2006 and 2012, according to a new federal report.
Over that time period, 55 percent of patients received at least one dose of antibiotics during their hospital stay, whether it was needed or not, researchers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said.
“Antibiotic use remains common, and use of the most powerful antibiotics is rising,” said lead researcher James Baggs, a CDC epidemiologist.
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