CDC: doctors write too many antibiotic prescriptions

Over time a wide range of bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi build up a resistance to antibiotic drugs, making these powerful medicines much less effective.

In 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a gradual increase in resistance to HIV drugs, although it did not reach critical levels. Since then, further increases in resistance to first-line treatment drugs have been reported, which might require using more expensive ones in the near future.

While a number of theories have been cited to explain this growing resistance, a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) points to a small group of healthcare providers. The authors says 10% of providers write an antibiotic prescription for 95% of patients who walk in with a cold, bronchitis, or other acute respiratory infection (ARI)…

“We’d like to use this research to start a conversation among providers and patients about antibiotic prescribing for ARIs, and share the approaches of providers who are prescribing antibiotics less frequently with those who may be prescribing too often,” Jones said.

Do the DEA’s PDMP databases (for pain patients) include every drug that is allegedly being over-used or abused, like antidepressants and antibiotics? Will the DEA bust down the doors of doctors who over-prescribe antibiotics? The threat of being addicted and then immune to antibiotics is not serious enough? No jail time for doctors contributing to the problem of antibiotics that will eventually not work for any of us?

Drugs are drugs, no matter what they’re used for.  When you discriminate against a class of drugs (like opioids), restrict access, criminalize their use, and create a digital blacklist of users and doctors — what you have is the war against pain patients.

One thought on “CDC: doctors write too many antibiotic prescriptions

  1. I think doctor’s who are over prescribing antibiotics or any type of medication should be investigated since they are contributing to antibiotic resistant strains of bacteria, if they are actually over prescribing antibiotics. If the doctor is over prescribing than I believe he/she should be required to attend continuing education classes about such things. I know it would be more difficult to determine if a doctor was over prescribing antibiotics since each patient’s need for them is different depending on their history and additional risk factors for developing a worse infection that could become pneumonia and require hospitalization. I believe to properly assess if the doctor is using proper judgement when prescribing antibiotics they would need access to patient information, which could potentially cause HIPPA violations. The violations could be avoided if not carefully done with only an account/identification number for the case and no other identifying information. I know that I have many health risk factors that make me need early antibiotic intervention to prevent me getting severe pneumonia and being hospitalized for a month or so again when I get an upper respiratory infection my doctor feels an aggressive approach is necessary. I know there are many patients like me that need aggressive treatment that could appear as over prescribing antibiotics, but on the other hand there are patients who demand a prescription for antibiotics for every cough and perceived illness and doctors who bend under the pressure of such patients.
    Sorry for the long comment, but that is my take on this matter.

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