Get Smart About Antibiotics
November 18, 2015•9 min
When should antibiotics be prescribed?A clinical report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, offers updated guidance on treating respiratory tract infections in children, with the goal of reducing unnecessary antibiotics prescriptions.Studies have shown that as many as 10 million antibiotic prescriptions are written each year for infections they are unlikely to help. Recent evidence shows that prescriptions for broad-spectrum antibiotics have increased, even when no antibiotics are needed or when a narrow-spectrum antibiotic would work. Overuse of antibiotics contributes to antibiotic resistance, making infections more difficult to treat.Why is it important to understand the appropriate way to use antibiotics?Listen in as H. Dele Davies, MD, MS, explains how you can get smart about antibiotics.