Are antibiotics overprescribed?
I was just reading this study saying that we may be starting a "post-antibiotic era," a time when antibiotics are no longer effective, because bacteria have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics. (Ask if you want a citation.)
I know some parents who are so relieved when they take their kids to the pediatrician and come back with a prescription for antibiotics -- even when the illness wasn't bacterial. Obviously, I don't say anything (it's not my kid), but I do think it's irresponsible for a doctor to appease her/his customers with antibiotic prescriptions when they may may not be necessary or appropriate.
What do you think? Are antibiotics overprescribed?
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