Antibiotics: What's too much?

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Antibiotics: What's too much?

Antibiotics

Dr. Nevin W. Wilson, chairman of the Las Vegas Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nevada Medical School, discusses the harmful effects of oversubscribing antibiotics, particularly when it comes to treating viral infections in children.

Antibiotics are pervasive in the U.S. Recent findings are driving home the extent of this use, especially with children. For example, antibiotics were prescribed during 60 percent of primary-care and emergency room visits for sore throats in 2010. That rate has not changed for over 10 years, although it is down from 70 percent in the 1990s.

In this week's Health Watch, Dr. Nevin Wilson discusses the risks of overprescribing antibiotics. Wilson is the chairman of the Las Vegas Department of Pediatrics at the University of Nevada Medical School. Before that, he held the same position at the campus in Reno.