Almost 25% of Prescribed Antibiotics Are Unnecessary, Says Study
The study was published in the medical journal, The BMJ. 15 million antibiotic prescriptions from 2016 were analyzed. Study authors found that 23% of the prescriptions were unnecessary.
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“… one out of seven people in the study received at least one inappropriate antibiotic prescription during the year. That’s huge if you consider there are 320 million people in America.” – Dr. Kao-Ping Chua, lead study author, University of Michigan Medical School, via ‘Time’
The most common conditions that were prescribed such antibiotics included acute bronchitis, upper respiratory infections and coughing. These conditions are caused by viruses — not bacteria — which means that antibiotics are useless in treating them.