publication . Article . 1981

evaluation of antibiotic usage a comprehensive look at alternative approaches

C. M. Kunin;
  • Published: 01 Jul 1981 Journal: Clinical Infectious Diseases, volume 3, pages 745-753 (issn: 1058-4838, eissn: 1537-6591, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Current problems related to the use of antibiotics in the United States are summarized. In 1979, pharmaceutical manufacturers shipped $1.55 billion worth of anti-infective drugs. It is estimated that in approximately one-half of all cases that involve administration of antibiotics in the hospital, either the medical condition does not require antibiotic treatment, the most effective and least expensive drug is not chosen, or the correct dosage or duration of therapy is not prescribed. Much of the high cost of antibiotic therapy can be attributed to the use of expensive antibiotics of the cephalosporin and aminoglycoside groups and to the excessive duration of an...
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