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Percentage of unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions in the U.S. in 2015, by age

This statistic depicts the percentage of prescriptions for antibiotics in the United States that were unnecessary, for all diagnoses, in 2015, by age. Among those aged 20-64 years, 35 percent of antibiotic prescriptions were unnecessary. According to the National Action Plan to Combat Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria (CARB), the national goal is to reduce inappropriate outpatient antibiotic use by 50 percent until 2022.

Percentage of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States that were unnecessary in 2015, by age*

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Source

Release date

October 2017

Region

United States

Survey time period

2015

Supplementary notes

* For all conditions: "All conditions included acute respiratory conditions, urinary tract infections, miscellaneous bacterial infections, and other conditions."

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