Study: 1 in 5 hospitalized adults have side effects from antibiotics

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine found adverse side effects from prescribed antibiotics occurred in one-fifth of adult hospitalized patients.

The study consisted of 1,488 adults admitted to the general medicine services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital between September 2013 and June 2014 and received at least 24 hours of antibiotic treatment who were followed for 30 days after discharge to identify any adverse reactions to the antibiotics.

“Too often, clinicians prescribe antibiotics even if they have a low suspicion for a bacterial infection, thinking that even if antibiotics may not be necessary, they are probably not harmful,” Dr. Pranita Tamma, an assistant professor of pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Antimicrobial Stewardship Program at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, said in a press release.


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