Hospital Use of Powerful Antibiotics on Rise

Concerns about the over-prescribing of antibiotics have long been voiced, but the problem still persists, according to a CDC study in JAMA Internal Medicine. Bacteria grow increasingly immune to treatment. Too many hospitals, according to the study, respond by prescribing even more powerful antibiotics, drugs once considered a treatment of last resort. In what appears to be the first national, multiyear estimate of U.S. hospital antibiotic use, experts examined prescribing patterns between 2006 and 2012.

“Use of some antibiotics, especially broad spectrum agents … has increased significantly,” the study states. “This trend is worrisome in light of the rising challenge of antibiotic resistance.”

Source: Wall Street Journal