Excessive prescription of antibiotics for Sore Throats

Excessive prescription of antibiotics for Sore ThroatsA research conducted at the Harvard University shows that even after several measures taken to reduce the prescription of antibiotics for colds and sore throat it was found that doctors are increasingly prescribing them despite the illness not responding to the treatment.

Despite the commonly known fact that antibiotics are only prescribed against bacterial infections they are increasingly prescribed for sore throats and for bronchitis. Both these illnesses are conditions are caused by viruses.

Study author Dr. Jeffrey Linder, a researcher in the division of general medicine and primary care at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston stated that for sore throat, antibiotics should be prescribed only about 10 percent of the time.

The U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has always promoted the appropriate usage of antibiotics.

Despite consistently urging doctors to refrain from prescribing antibiotics for viral infections their use for sore throats has reduced from about 70 percent in 1990 to 60 percent now.

Linder told that for bronchitis patients the rate of antibiotics being prescribed has not gone down at all with 73 percent three decades ago and the same in present times.

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