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June 22/29, 2005

Antibiotic Prescribing for Cough and Symptoms of Respiratory Tract Infection: Do the Right Thing

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, East Lansing.

JAMA. 2005;293(24):3062-3064. doi:10.1001/jama.293.24.3062

Cough is the third most common reason that patients present to physicians for care and was responsible for 3.2% of all outpatient visits in the United States in 2002.1 Of these visits, more than 30 million were made for a chief complaint of cough, at least 10 million of which were made by otherwise healthy adults diagnosed with acute bronchitis; most of these patients received an antibiotic prescription, often for a broad-spectrum macrolide or quinolone costing US $50 to $100.1-4

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