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High rate of ED visits for children linked with antibiotic adverse effects

from Infectious Disease Advisor

New research published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society found that many antibiotic adverse drug events led to emergency department visits, particularly among young children, highlighting a need for better communication regarding the risks of overprescribing. Investigators concluded that "[a]ntibiotic [adverse events] lead to nearly 70,000 estimated pediatric ED visits each year in the United States," and that minimizing overprescribing is crucial for reducing this harm, as well as combatting antibiotic resistance. Future research better quantifying the risks for antibiotic adverse events would better allow parents and caregivers to assess the risks and allow prevention strategies to be directed at the most vulnerable groups. more

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