University of Pittsburgh assistant professor of health economics Dr. Yuting Zhang authored a study that discovered antiobiotics are prescried more frequently to older residents of the Southern U.S., reports The New York Times.
Many experts have expressed concerns that antibiotics are being overprescribed and overused, leading to unnecessary spending on prescription medicines as well as more widespread bacterial resistance to the drugs. In the elderly, who are more likely to suffer adverse side effects and reactions from antibiotics, the health consequences can be amplified.
Original source: The New York Times
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