Things that make me go ARGH: Overuse of antibiotics for pharyngitis

from The Incidental Economist at http://bit.ly/1ou8gSS on September 30, 2014 at 01:10PM


In JAMA Pediatrics: Pharyngitis is a common reason for pediatric health care visits. While viral infections account for the majority of pharyngitis episodes, group A Streptococcus (GAS) is implicated in approximately 37% of episodes among children. Antimicrobial treatment of GAS pharyngitis can shorten illness duration, prevent complications, and minimize transmission to others. Evidence-based guidelines for GAS pharyngitis recommend […]