Antibiotic Use Declines Overall, While Use of Broad-Spectrum Increases

October 2009
Travel Medicine Advisor;Sep2009 Supplement, p1
The article compares the prescription rates of antibiotics and broad-spectrum antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) from 1995-2006. It notes that antibiotic prescription among children five years and older decreased by 18% despite the stability of ARTI visit rates while it decreased by 41% among all ages groups. Furthermore, the prescription rates of azithromycin and quinolone both increased while penicillin, cephalosporins and sulfonamide or tetracycline decreased.


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