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Many patients hospitalized with pneumonia receive excessive antibiotics

KEY POINT

According to results of an observational study published in Annals of Internal Medicine, approximately two-thirds of patients hospitalized with pneumonia received excessive antibiotic treatment. Antibiotics prescribed at discharge accounted for most of this excessive use.

SOURCES

Vaughn VM, et al. Excess antibiotic treatment duration and adverse events in patients hospitalized with pneumonia: a multihospital cohort study. Ann Intern Med. 2019;[Epub ahead of print].

Spellberg B. Et al. Duration of antibiotic therapy: shorter is better. Ann Intern Med. 2019;[Epub ahead of print].