CDC, ACP Warn Against Wayward Antibiotic Prescribing

CDC, ACP Warn Against Wayward Antibiotic Prescribing

Old habits and the pleadings of sick patients continue to move physicians to prescribe antibiotics for patients who don’t actually need them, according to a new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American College of Physicians. Both are urging physicians to employ antibiotics sparingly during cold and flu season. Antibiotics are prescribed at more than 100 million adult ambulatory care visits every year—including visits to urgent care—but only about half …

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Developing Data: January, 2011

In each issue on this page, we report on research from or relevant to the emerging urgent care marketplace. This month, we begin delving into a report whose top-line data made headlines around the country recently. The article, Many Emergency Department Visits Could Be Managed at Urgent Care Centers and Retail Clinics,1 went beyond the conclusion stated in its title, offering a snapshot of how patients exercise their freedom to choose among those three settings. …

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