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October 28, 1998

Antibiotics for Children With Upper Respiratory Tract Infections

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(16):1399-1402. doi:10.1001/jama.280.16.1399

To the Editor.—Dr Nyquist and colleagues1 and Dr Gonzales and colleagues2 have addressed the prescription practices of ambulatory care physicians, including pediatricians,1 with particular reference to the degree of inappropriate antibiotic use. The authors reexamine the 1992 National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS) to determine how often antibiotics are prescribed for viral illnesses and conclude that overprescribing is widespread and that family practitioners were somewhat more guilty than pediatricians.

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