At least 1 in 4 outpatient antibiotic prescriptions are 'inappropriate'.


ISLAMABAD -- Some 24 million, or 18%, of the 130.5 million prescriptions for antibiotics that ambulatory care providers wrote in 2015 in the United States had no documented reason for using the drug, according to a recent analysis. Ambulatory care is a general term for medical care that people who are not staying in a hospital or an institution receive. It includes, for example, visits to primary care providers - such as doctors' offices and health centres - as well as visits to gynaecologists, dermatologists, urologists, and other specialists. The new BMJ-Trusted Source study also identified another...

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