Study examines antibiotic prescription practices for pediatric UTIs

05/30/2011 | United Press International

Researchers reported in Pediatrics that doctors prescribed antibiotics for pediatric urinary tract infection 70% of the time and broad-spectrum antibiotics were given one-third of the time. They also learned that use of third-generation cephalosporins, a particular class of broad-spectrum antibiotics, doubled between 1998 and 2007. "It is always concerning when we see a rise in a particular antibiotic class, as this can create drug resistance through antibiotic selection pressures," lead researcher Dr. Hillary Copp said.

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