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CDC Vital Signs

3 Steps Every Doctor Should Take When Prescribing Antibiotics

Antibiotics are often overprescribed leading to an epidemic of antibiotic resistance. In this video, CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH tells doctors 3 ways to safely and effectively prescribe antibiotics to their patients. The March 2014 Vital Signs report discusses prescribing antibiotics in hospitals. CDC Director Tom Frieden, MD, MPH discusses how antibiotics save lives, but poor prescribing practices are putting patients at unnecessary risk for preventable allergic reactions, super-resistant infections, and deadly diarrhea. Errors in prescribing decisions also contribute to antibiotic resistance, making these drugs less likely to work in the future. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH discusses the best strategies to use when prescribing antibiotics.

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