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January 10, 2007

Wait-and-See Prescription for Acute Otitis Media

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2007;297(2):152-153. doi:10.1001/jama.297.2.152-a

To the Editor: Dr Spiro and colleagues1 reported the results of a trial of “wait-and-see prescription” (WASP) for treatment of acute otitis media. In an accompanying editorial, Dr Little2 stated that it would be unwise to use the WASP approach to antimicrobial therapy if a child with acute otitis media has already had high fever and severe otalgia for more than 72 hours.