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Study: Children get 10M unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions a year
More than 10 million unneeded antibiotic prescriptions were written for children each year from 2006 to 2008,
according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. Fifty percent of these prescriptions were broad-spectrum
antibiotics that "kill more of the good bacteria in our bodies and can set the child up for infections with antibiotic
resistant bacteria down the road," lead researcher Dr. Adam Hersch said. The findings were based on a nationally
representative sample of nearly 65,000 outpatient visits by children.
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