Why some doctors are taking more antibiotics than they should, study finds
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LA CLINICA, Calif.
— A study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic has found that some doctors were taking more of the antibiotics they should be prescribing, a problem that has caused a rise in the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the United States.
The study, published Thursday in the American Journal of Infection Control, looked at more than 5,000 people with a range of diagnoses from urinary tract infections to pneumonia to pneumonia, with diagnoses ranging from urinary infections to Crohn’s disease to Crohns disease.
The researchers say the problem is not being treated as an epidemic.
La Clinica Health System, which includes La Clinica, La Trobe and other clinics, has seen a jump in the number of patients who were prescribed antibiotics during the last three years, from 4.8% to 6.4%.
The study found that about half of the patients were prescribed a single antibiotic, and that of those who received multiple antibiotics, about 70% received more than one.
That is a rise from less than a quarter of the last year.
The study also found that while antibiotics are commonly prescribed to treat bacterial infections, it is not recommended that people use them more frequently.
“In general, it’s not recommended to prescribe more than three or four times the recommended dose,” said Dr. Mark S. Easley, a clinical assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Illinois.
“This study demonstrates that there is no way to prescribe a single dose of antibiotics to treat Crohn disease and it also shows that prescribing fewer antibiotics than needed to control the spread is not likely to improve health.”
Easley says that while he is not against the use of more antibiotics, the data he has seen suggests that the vast majority of doctors are treating infections correctly, but that the data does not support prescribing more.
He said that while doctors are prescribing fewer, he doesn’t think that is an epidemic, but rather an artifact of an increase in prescribing that can be reversed if more doctors take advantage of the new drugs.
The increase in antibiotic prescribing in the last few years has led to an increase of antibiotic resistance in many different bacteria, and some experts have said that this has led many people to stop taking antibiotics, making it difficult for doctors to prescribe them.
This is a serious issue, he said.
The number of antibiotic prescriptions being written has doubled in the past five years, and it is going to continue to rise.
I don’t think there is any way to prevent this from happening, said Easley.
“If you have Crohn, I don,t think you should take more antibiotics,” he said, adding that people who were using antibiotics should be using them as directed.
It is not known why some doctors prescribed more than they were prescribed, but Dr. John H. Korten, a Mayo Clinic professor of medicine, said that a number of factors can be contributing to the problem.
For instance, he noted that many doctors were prescribing more than necessary because of the difficulty in diagnosing and treating Crohn patients.
Some doctors also had less experience prescribing antibiotics, and this increased the likelihood that the patients would be taking them incorrectly.
He said that although doctors may be prescribing more, it does not necessarily mean that they are prescribing them more aggressively.
I don’t have a problem with prescribing antibiotics as directed, said Korton, who is also a professor of microbiology at Harvard Medical School.
But if I was a pharmacist and I saw a patient who was on a course of antibiotics that were not needed, I would advise the patient to go see a physician, and then the doctor would prescribe them again.
He added that he was not convinced that prescribing more antibiotics is the answer.
Another problem with antibiotic prescribing is that the drug manufacturers do not require labs that test drugs for resistance to have a lab with enough people who have worked with the drugs to do tests.
This could increase the risk of resistance being discovered and spreading to other patients.
Many doctors are also prescribing antibiotics in patients who have no symptoms.
This can lead to patients being given more antibiotics to control infections and other conditions, such as diabetes.
And doctors are prescribed more antibiotics because of an increased demand for antibiotics in the U.S. The U.N. estimates that about one in every seven Americans is infected with a bacteria that causes pneumonia.
Doctors are often not taking the time to review and understand the risks of using antibiotics, according to the study.
“It is an unfortunate situation, and I have some sympathy for doctors who are struggling to stay up-to-date on the dangers of using these drugs,” said Eakin, the Mayo study co-author.
LA CLINICA, Calif.— A study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic has found that some doctors were taking more of…