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

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

by Matej Mikulic, last edited Dec 14, 2018
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.
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Percentage of antibiotic prescriptions in the United States that were unnecessary in 2015, by age*

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