Despite the threat of superbugs, physicians continue to prescribe antibiotics when they might not be needed, and patients are suffering.

Each week there is more news about an antibiotic losing effectiveness because of overuse. Scientists trying to stay ahead of quickly adapting bacteria are exploring new antibiotics made from diverse sources, combining old antibiotics to attack pathogens tandem, and even inventing new options altogether to battle dangerous bacteria. But still, doctors are prescribing — and people are taking — antibiotics they may not need.

In a report published in JAMA… more

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