2019.01.16

25% of antibiotics are prescribed unnecessarily

Abuse of antibiotics is a growing problem. A new study published by the BMJ estimates that 25% of prescriptions for antibiotics are unnecessary. And if these drugs are overused or misused, they may become ineffective as bacteria develop resistance to them. The study authors warn that the number of antibiotic resistant bacteria is on the rise. Consequently, there will be fewer and fewer and finally no effective antibiotics actually available to patients who really need them.

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We recommend that you read the entire article at the TIME website.