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Awareness of patient harm increases physician support of fines for antibiotic overprescribing

June 20, 2017

Physician support of financial penalties for inappropriate antibiotic prescribing varied by whether patient, societal or institutional harms were presented as the rationale, with patient harms being the most persuasive, according to survey data published in Annals of Internal Medicine.

“Physicians commonly prescribe antibiotics for uncomplicated upper respiratory infections despite consensus about their low value and efforts emphasizing their societal costs and harms,” Joshua M. Liao, MD, MSc, from the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues wrote. “To deter low-value services, policymakers have begun proposing financial penalties for physicians who prescribe them.”

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Awareness of patient harm increases physician support of fines for antibiotic overprescribing

June 20, 2017
Physician support of financial penalties for inappropriate antibiotic prescribing varied by whether patient, societal or institutional harms were…

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Orkambi improved lung function in patients 6 to 11 years old with cystic fibrosis within 15 days of treatment, according to phase 3 trial results…

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