One Third of People Prescribed Antibiotics Don’t Even Need Them


The National Action Plan for Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria set a goal of reducing inappropriate outpatient antibiotic use by 50% by 2020. A study estimated at least 30% of antibiotic prescriptions in ambulatory care settings in the United States from 2010 to 2011 were unnecessary. Inappropriate antibiotic prescribing also includes choosing an unnecessarily broad spectrum antibiotic instead of an equally or more effective narrower spectrum alternative. Otitis media (OM), sinusitis, and pharyngitis collectively account for nearly one-third of all antibiotics prescribed in outpatient settings, and professional guidelines recommend narrow spectrum agents as first-line therapy for these conditions.

JAMA International Medicine 2016


Patients treated for ear infections, sore throats and sinus infections are prescribed the incorrect antibiotic nearly 50% of the time. And on top of that, 1/3 of them don’t even need them. People are quick to run to their doctors or urgent care and get a, “Z-Pack” these days. We’ve talked about the over prescribed opioid epidemic in this country, but over prescribed antibiotics has been a bigger problem for a longer period. We are creating more of a problem with antibiotic resistance because of this. Your body has to learn infections to properly manage them. When you throw antibiotics at everything, your body never really addresses the pathogen. You also displace the good germ in your body and create secondary problems like leaky gut and candida infections. Most of the time, a lot of these infections are more viral in nature that people are treating with antibiotics as well. Most of my week is addressing patients and their immune system with infections that haven’t been addressed properly the first few times. I haven’t had antibiotics since my teenage years and I was a sick kid. Strep throat and ear infections followed by antibiotics. Now, I cut out the dairy, give my immune system time to address infections, and use the correct nutritional supplements to assist me. Are you tired of being sick and tired yet?

Dr. J

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Lori Bono says:

    So true Dr. Jeff. How can I share this to my FB page?


  2. Jay says:

    Great article Dr. Jeff. The d-mannose powder you suggested works well for me, keeping me off the antibiotics for UTI.

    Liked by 1 person

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