Antibiotics Still Drastically Overprescribed

Analysis of two large national databases reveals that physicians order antibiotics for about 60% of patients who present with a sore throat–yet only about one in ten is caused by a pathogen that responds to an antimicrobial agent. For bronchitis, 73% of cases result in an antibiotic prescription–but the problem never responds to the medications. Time, extra rest, and a healthful lifestyle may be the best remedies.

PositiveTip: Do your part to curb antibiotic overuse–ask your physician if you really need that prescription.