Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor
To the Editor.—Two of the 3 articles that Dr Nyquist and colleagues1 cite on the ineffectiveness of antibiotics in pediatric URIs are from 1993 and 1996, ie, published 1 to 4 years after the NAMCS data they analyzed.2,3 Certainly, physicians cannot be held accountable for practicing by future standards or evidence.
Westfall JM. Antibiotics for Children With Upper Respiratory Tract Infections. JAMA. 1998;280(16):1399-1402. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-16-jbk1028