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Many Prescribed Antibiotics Are Unnecessary and Cause Damage

Antibiotic Prescription

Story at-a-glance -

  • From 2010 to 2011, 262 million people received prescriptions for antibiotics from their physicians—of these, about 30 percent were unnecessary
  • Antibiotics prescriptions for acute respiratory conditions were most often inappropriately prescribed
  • Children aged 2 years and younger were the most frequent recipients of antibiotics prescriptions

By Dr. Mercola

Despite warnings that we're quickly approaching a post-antibiotics era in which bacterial infections once easily cured by the drugs become resistant and life threatening, doctors are still prescribing too many antibiotics.


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