A new study done by Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America has revealed that many Doctors from major hospitals are prescribing too many antibiotics.
The researchers have studied the pharmacy sales data coming from the inpatient department. They have studied over 500 U.S. hospitals from 2008 to 2011. 32,507 patients among those 500 hospitals were found to be prescribing unnecessary antibiotic combination. This is alarming because it accounted for 78% of the cases they studied.
The study has revealed that unnecessary prescription has led to $163 million (estimate) excess cost.
Director of the Premier Safety Institute®, Premier, Inc Leslie Schultz, who is also the lead author of the study said, “Sometimes in an effort to ‘do whatever it takes’ to fight a serious infection, clinicians use multiple antibiotics to treat the same infection. This practice can contribute to antimicrobial resistance, put patient safety at risk and increase costs. We hope these findings help to enhance the antimicrobial stewardship initiatives that the majority of U.S. hospitals already have in place today.”
The research has also suggested that a specific combination pattern of medicines were more commonly used in more than 70 percent of cases. More specifically, the drugs which are used to treat diarrhoea and amoebiasis metronidazole and Piperacillin-tazobactam combination was found in more than 50% of the cases.
It is a well known fact that unnecessary prescription of antibiotics is very serious because some drug-interactions can result in more degrading of the patient’s health. Some serious drug-interactions can result in liver and kidney failure.
The details of the research and the study findings can be found in the journal Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology.