47 Million Unnecessary Prescriptions a Year

Almost 1/3 of all prescriptions doled out each year in the US—about 47 million—are unnecessary, according to a major study in JAMA.

The research from the CDC and the Pew Charitable Trust provides numbers, said David Hyun, a senior officer with Pew's antibiotic resistance project and one of the report’s authors, to back the vague awareness that too many antibiotics are prescribed for viral illnesses that won’t respond to the meds.

More than 44% of antibiotic prescriptions are given for acute respiratory conditions, such as sinus infections, sore throats, colds, and pneumonia—with grave implications for antibiotic resistance.

The Washington Post

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