The An­tibi­otics Prob­lem

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t’s an awk­ward sit­u­a­tion when a sick pa­tient takes the time to visit the doc­tor’s of­fice and has been wait­ing to see some­one for more than 45 min­utes, only for the treat­ing med­i­cal provider to quickly ex­am­ine them and say, “You don’t need any­thing.”

This com­mon sce­nario is un­ac­cept­able to most pa­tients, which of­ten puts the provider in a po­si­tion to in­ap­pro­pri­ately pre­scribe an an­tibi­otic for a vi­ral in­fec­tion. A re­cent We­bMD/Med­scape sur­vey of nearly 800 clin­i­cians found that this un­for­tu­nate prac­tice hap­pens at an alarm­ing rate: An as­tound­ing 95 per­cent ad­mit­ted to pre­scrib­ing an­tibi­otics when un­cer­tain of their ne­ces­sity.

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