Antibiotics and Adverse Events: Doctors, Do No Harm

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SYNOPSIS: A retrospective study found that among 1,488 hospitalized patients who received an antibiotic, 298 experienced at least one antibiotic-associated adverse drug event. Furthermore, 287 of the antibiotic regimens were not clinically indicated, and 56 of these were associated with an adverse drug event.

SOURCE: Tamma PD, Avdic E, Li DX, Cosgrove SE. Association of adverse events with antibiotic use in hospitalized patients. JAMA Intern Med 2017;177:1308-1315.

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