Antibiotics are 'overprescribed' among children for respiratory infections

September 15, 2014 2:07 PM

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Antibiotics are 'overprescribed' among children for respiratory infections

A particular area of concern highlighted by the study is that antibiotics are being prescribed for respiratory infections, despite being ineffective against these viruses.

However, there are currently no practical tools available to clinicians that allow them to distinguish viral from bacterial illness - other than the rapid strep test for throat infections.

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