Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Antibiotic Prescription? It May Depend on Where You Live

News Brief by Enshu Chawla

   The results of a study determining antibiotic prescription rates show that elderly individuals in the South are being prescribed more than those of other regions. The reason for this could be due to the antibiotics being overprescribed in this region. Moreover, researchers believe that the main cause is overuse by the older men and women in the South. The overuse of the antibiotics is causing financial and biological problems, as there is increased spending, a decrease in effectiveness, and negative side effects. Generally, the high numbers of antibiotic prescriptions throughout the United States during the first quarter may suggest overprescribing because the widespread viral infections during this time of year are not aided by antibiotics. With improvements in the South for antibiotic overuse and overprescribing necessary, different programs and strategies are looking to be employed to help fix this problem.

            O'Connor, Anahad. "Antibiotic Prescription? It May Depend on Where You Live." Health and Wellness Well Blog. The New York Times, 25 Sept. 2012. Web. 1 Oct. 2012. .
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