Doctors need to give antibiotics to more than 12,000 people with acute respiratory infections to prevent just one of them from being hospitalized with pneumonia, according to a new study

March 2013
MondayMorning;3/25/2013, Vol. 21 Issue 11, p1
The article offers information on a study conducted to describe the effectiveness of antibiotics in preventing pneumonia. The study shows that doctors prescribe antibiotics to approximately 12,000 people who are suffering from acute respiratory infections but it could save only one patient among them from pneumonia. According to lead author of the study Sharon Meropol, the study explains that antibiotics are not needed for the upper respiratory infections.


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