Easy Access To Antibiotics May Not Be The Cure

DETROIT (WWJ) – A new study shows that doctors are prescribing too many antibiotics. The research involved looking at Blue Cross-Blue Shield data.

Marianne Udow-Phillips is with the Center For Health Care Research and Transformation at the University of Michigan. She explains the problem with over-prescribing antibiotics.

 “The problem with getting antibiotics when you don’t need it is that you become resistant–and then when you really need it, you are in trouble.”

Udow-Phillips says that when people use antibiotics when they are not needed, a body becomes resistant and antibiotics don’t have the intented effect.

 She says the problem is less pronounced in southeast Michigan than out-state.

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