Antibiotics Overprescribed at Urgent Care Clinics

Antibiotics are prescribed to nearly half of Americans who go to urgent care clinics with a cold, flu or other conditions that can't be treated with the drugs, a new study says.

That rate is three times higher than in conventional doctors' offices, according to the study published July 17 in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.

Experts warn that unnecessary use of antibiotics puts patients at risk for serious side effects, and contributes to the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, the Washington Post reported.

Antibiotic-resistant bacteria could kill 10 million people a year worldwide by 2050, a British study predicts. That's more than the number of cancer deaths.

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