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An estimated 24 million antibiotic prescriptions lacked documented indication in 2015, according to the results of a recent study.
The FDA has issued a recall for a prescription antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections such as bronchitis, pneumonia, and tonsillitis.

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Pharmaceutical developments are not keeping pace with mutations in antibiotics; and, while international stakeholders recognize the severity of antimicrobial resistance, new breakthroughs in technology are needed to combat this threat.
Chanu Rhee, MD, MPH, intensivist and infectious disease physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and assistant professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School, explains why pharmacists play an important role in sepsis…
The pharmaceutical industry has primarily targeted consumers and physicians through many media platforms.
Gregory Eschenauer, PharmD, a clinical pharmacist in infectious diseases at Michigan Health, discusses an antibiotic stewardship program, the serious issue of antibiotic resistance, and why it doesn’t make sense to optimize antibiotic use in the…

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