December 9th, 2011

Podcast 138: Why do kids in the U.S. get so many inappropriate broad-spectrum antibiotics?

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When kids go for ambulatory care, they get an antibiotic prescribed about 20% of the time. Half of those antibiotics are of the broad-spectrum variety.

What are the factors leading up to this, and what are some resources to turn to for better information on this dangerous situation?

Listen in to¬† this 27-minute podcast with the first author of a Pediatrics study examining the issue.

Links:

Physician’s First Watch coverage of the Pediatrics paper (free)

Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work (free CDC site mentioned by Dr. Hersh)

Get Smart for Healthcare (free CDC site)

Rising Plague by Brad Spellberg (book mentioned by Hersh)

ASM statement on the GAIN Act (legislation mentioned by Hersh)

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