Impact of Unlabeled French Antibiotic Guidelines On Antibiotic Prescriptions For Acute Respiratory Tract Infections In 7 Pediatric Emergency Departments, 2009–2012

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From November 2009 to October 2012, implementation of guidelines, unlabeled by the French Agency of Health Products, changed the categories of antibiotics prescribed for acute respiratory tract infections in 7 pediatric emergency departments. During the study, 36,413 acute respiratory tract infections-related antibiotic prescriptions were prescribed. Amoxicillin prescriptions rose from 30.0% to 84.7%, while amoxicillin-clavulanate and cefpodoxime prescriptions decreased to 10.2% and 2.5%, respectively.

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