US doctors still prescribe antibiotics too often: Study
WASHINGTON (AFP) - United States doctors prescribe antibiotics to six out of 10 patients with a sore throat, even though only one infection in 10 is severe enough to merit them, researchers said on Thursday.
Overprescribing of antibiotics is dangerous because it contributes to the rise of superbugs that do not respond to treatment.
US health officials have repeatedly warned that nearly all major bacterial infections in the world are becoming resistant to the antibiotic treatment of choice.
The latest study by Dr Michael Barnett and Dr Jeffrey Linder at Harvard University and Brigham and Women's Hospital included data on more than 8,100 visits to doctors' offices and emergency departments from 1997 to 2010.