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December 19, 2001

Antibiotic Treatment of Adults With Sore Throat

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;286(23):2942-2943. doi:10.1001/jama.286.23.2940

To the Editor: Drs Linder and Stafford1 found that a large number of adults are treated with antibiotics for acute pharyngitis, although the overall rate is declining. However, they also found that the number of prescriptions for inappropriate prescriptions appears to be increasing. We disagree with the authors that extended macrolides such as clarithromycin or azithromycin are necessarily inappropriate.

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