Colds and flu

Updated 04 July 2014

Antibiotics for sore throat mostly useless

Most Americans with a sore throat are prescribed antibiotics even though just a fraction stand to benefit from them.

For their study, Linder and his colleague Dr Michael Barnett analysed data on 8 200 US primary care and emergency room visits for sore throats between 1997 and 2010. They found doctors prescribed an antibiotic at 60% of those visits, with no change in that rate during the study period, according to findings published in JAMA Internal Medicine.


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Dr Heidi van Deventer completed her MBChB (Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery) degree in 2004 at the University of Stellenbosch.
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