Nearly a quarter of antibiotic prescriptions deemed inappropriate for outpatients in the US

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Research into antibiotic prescriptions given to outpatients (those without overnight stay) in the US, has unveiled that nearly a quarter of those are inappropriate. Published in the BMJ, the study including over 19 million patients further revealed that this phenomenon was a more frequent occurrence for adults, than children.

Additionally, the study determined chest infection, coughs and colds to be the three most common cases for which inappropriate prescribing took place.

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