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Invited Commentary
August 9/23, 2010

Decreasing Out-of-pocket Costs of Antibiotics: The Good, the Bad, and the UnknownComment on “Ambulatory Antibiotic Use and Prescription Drug Coverage in Older Adults”

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco.

Arch Intern Med. 2010;170(15):1314-1316. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2010.225

Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed medications worldwide. Despite their benefits, substantial evidence indicates that antibiotics are overprescribed and frequently used inappropriately.1 The impact of inappropriate antibiotic use is substantial, including unnecessary costs, avoidable adverse events, and contribution to the development of drug-resistant organisms.

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