R.I. leads antibiotic prescription decline in national effort curbing microbial resistance

RHODE ISLAND IS making better progress at reducing the number of antibiotics prescribed and filled, a strategy for slowing the development of microbial resistance to the drugs. / COURTESY BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND
RHODE ISLAND IS making better progress at reducing the number of antibiotics prescribed and filled, a strategy for slowing the development of microbial resistance to the drugs. / COURTESY BLUE CROSS & BLUE SHIELD OF RHODE ISLAND
PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s leading in the effort to curb unnecessary use of antibiotics, decreasing outpatient-filled prescriptions by 15 percent between 2010 and 2016, 6 percent more than the 9 percent national average, according to a Blue Cross Blue Shield Association study. “Antibiotic resistance as a result of excessive use is a widespread problem, but…
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