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November 28, 1990

Free Cefixime in Community Health Centers-Reply

Author Affiliations

Lederle Laboratories Pearl River, NY

Lederle Laboratories Pearl River, NY

JAMA. 1990;264(20):2623. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450200031012

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In Reply.—  Lederle Laboratories selected cefixime for the Family Health Fund Program because it meets the medical needs of the homeless population. Cefixime has been shown to be effective against respiratory infections, such as otitis media and bronchitis; can be taken once a day for all indications; and, in the pediatric-suspension form, does not require refrigeration. These attributes are helpful in treating homeless patients.It is important to note that physicians at National Association of Community Health Centers member clinics are in no way compelled to prescribe cefixime simply because it is free. These physicians obviously will use sound medical judgment to determine if cefixime is appropriate therapy for their patients.