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Patients often prescribed redundant antibiotics

September 16, 2014

Redundant antimicrobial therapy in hospitals resulted in more than $12 million in potentially avoidable costs, new data suggest.

“Our findings suggest that significant impact can be obtained by focusing on a limited number of combinations that accounted for more than 70% of the unnecessary combinations in our study,” researchers from Premier Safety Institute in Charlotte, N.C., wrote in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology. “Metronidazole used with piperacillin-tazobactam [was] the most common inappropriate or redundant combination.”

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Researchers propose new strategies to combat antimicrobial resistance

September 8, 2014
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