Thursday, March 17, 2011

Over Treatment of UTIs

From the AUA Daily Scope.

Study Suggests Physicians Often Prescribe Unnecessary Antibiotics For Patients With Suspected UTIs.
Reuters (3/17, Boerner) reports that, according to a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine, physicians commonly prescribe unnecessary antibiotics to elderly patients with suspected urinary tract infections. Investigators looked at 172 cases of suspected UTIs at two US nursing homes. The investigators found that 70 people who did not qualify for antibiotic treatment received the drugs.

I am not surprised to learn of this.