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September 2014

How I Was Prescribed an Unnecessary Antibiotic While Traveling to a Conference on Antibiotic Resistance

Author Affiliations
  • 1Health Watch USA, Somerset, Kentucky

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JAMA Intern Med. 2014;174(9):1433-1434. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2014.3412

As a physician, I had always assumed that patients were the ones who pressured physicians for an unnecessary antibiotic prescription. I found out that this is not necessarily the case when I recently became ill while attending, ironically enough, an infectious disease conference on antibiotic-resistant bacteria sponsored by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The morning after the seminar, I woke up with a sore throat. I wondered where it came from and thought about the prior week. My wife and I were with my granddaughter, who had a recurrent ear infection, and at the time I had wondered whether she had a recalcitrant bacterial infection.