Changes in US outpatient antibiotic prescriptions from 2011–2016

Clinical Infectious Diseases Jan 23, 2020

King LM, et al. – Researchers investigated trends in US outpatient oral antibiotic prescriptions from 2011 to 2016. National prescription dispensing count data from IQVIA Xponent were used to determine annual oral antibiotic prescription rates divided by census estimates for 2011–2016. A decrease of 5% was noted in oral antibiotic prescription rates, from 877 prescriptions per 1,000 persons in 2011 to 836 per 1,000 persons in 2016. During this period, researchers observed a decrease in rates of prescriptions dispensed to children by 13%, while there was an increase in adult rates by 2%. Observation revealed a decrease in outpatient antibiotic prescription rates, especially of broad-spectrum agents, in recent years. Important targets for antibiotic stewardship were clinicians who prescribe to adults, including nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

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