Antibiotic Prescribing and Use in the U.S.
CDC is working to promote appropriate antibiotic use by helping prescribers use the right antibiotic, at the right dose, for the right duration, and at the right time, and reduce unnecessary antibiotic use.
Improving the way we prescribe and use antibiotics, or “antibiotic stewardship,” is critical to effectively treat infections, protect patients from harms caused by unnecessary antibiotic use, and combat antibiotic resistance. The United States has made some progress in improving antibiotic prescribing and use in human health, but many opportunities remain.
See Antibiotic Prescribing in Outpatient Hemodialysis Facilities for strategies to improve antibiotic prescribing in outpatient hemodialysis facilities.
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