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Variation in antibiotic prescribing hints at overuse

(Reuters Health) Seniors in the U.S. are prescribed at least one antibiotic each every year, on average - but the rate of prescribing varies quite a bit across the country, a new study finds…
Records from Medicare, the government-run insurance program for the elderly, showed older adults in the South were prescribed more antibiotics than seniors living elsewhere in the country and that prescribing everywhere went up in the winter months.
That variation suggests overuse of antibiotics in some cases - an important public health issue because both normal and inappropriate use of the drugs can lead to bacterial resistance, which makes future infections extra difficult to treat.
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