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New Analysis Shows Overuse of Antibiotics In Humans

Monday, April 15, 2013

(American Meat Institute)

A new analysis published as a letter to the New England Journal of Medicine by officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and IMS Health shows that U.S. doctors are prescribing enough antibiotics to treat four out of five Americans every year, and the authors say the data suggests they are being overused in humans.    Health care providers prescribed 258 million courses of antibiotics in 2010.  Experts say overuse, use that is not long enough and antibiotics taken for the wrong reason, to treat a virus, for example, all allow bacteria to survive, adapt and become more resistant.

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