Antibiotics Prescribed for Kids at Twice Expected Rate
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Thursday, September 18, 2014 07:24 PM

Antibiotics are prescribed almost twice as often as expected to outpatients aged 18 years and younger nationally, according to results of a new study published online September 15 inPediatrics.

That translates to about 11.4 million potentially unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions every year, a number that has not decreased substantially over the course of 10 years.

Curbing unnecessary prescriptions for outpatient pediatric ARTI is urgent, the authors conclude, because more than half of all outpatient antimicrobial prescribing to children is for ARTIs, representing more than 25 million visits each year.

Overprescribing also has implications for public health.