The recent article by Lautenbach et al1 has raised concerns regarding the emerging problem of fluoroquinolone antibiotic resistance, and most important, demonstrates the potential gravity of fluoroquinolone overuse. We concur that strategies to reduce inappropriate fluoroquinolone utilization are clearly important. However, little is known whether the recent rise in fluoroquinolone resistance is related to increasing prescription rate as influenced by the industrial advertisements.
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