Antibiotics and unintended harm

Here’s a great infographic by ID specialist Michael Edmond, MD, on the unintended harm caused by antibiotics. It nicely summarizes the JAMA paper published last week that we ran a brief report on here.

Notice the figure at the bottom left that says “19% of antibiotic regimens not clinically indicated.” Meaning 19% of the antibiotics prescribed shouldn’t have been, and as the JAMA paper points out these prescriptions also harmed 1 in 5 patients. And this is Johns Hopkins, ranked as one of the best hospitals in the US. Across the country that number is much higher. A report in Medscape says “… up to 50% of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States continue to be unnecessary or inappropriate.”

 

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