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J Antimicrob Chemother. 2004 Aug;54(2):524-8. Epub 2004 Jul 8.

No significant decrease in antibiotic use from 1992 to 2000, in the French community.

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Institut Pasteur, 25-28 rue du Dr Roux, 75724 Paris Cedex 15, France.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To analyse trends in antibiotic exposure of the French population from 1992 to 2000.

METHODS:

The analysis used data provided by a representative annual nationwide survey of health care consumption in the community.

RESULTS:

The frequency of antibiotic use increased from 4.7 per 100 person-months in 1992 to 7.3 in 1995, and remained stable from 1998 to 2000. Children under 7 years of age were three times more strongly exposed to antibiotics than older subjects. Respiratory tract infections of probable viral aetiology and sore throat accounted for >50% of antibacterial prescriptions.

CONCLUSIONS:

We identified two major priorities for campaigns designed to reduce antibiotic exposure of the French population in the community, namely respiratory tract infections of presumed viral origin, and children under 7 years of age.

PMID:
15243024
DOI:
10.1093/jac/dkh342
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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