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By Stan Deresinski, MD, FACP, Editor, Infectious Disease Alert
Attention Subscribers. . .
This special supplement to Critical Care Alert is included with this edition, as a bonus to our subscribers. The supplement takes a tongue-in-cheek look at a problem facing many physicians: over-prescription of antibiotics. Here is an editorial note from Stan Deresinski, MD, editor of Infectious Disease Alert:
The problem of antibiotic resistance continues to worsen. An important contribution to this problem is the inappropriate prescription of antibiotics by physicians. For example, excess prescription of antibiotics for respiratory tract infections, particularly in children, has been identified as an important factor in the emergence of penicillin-resistant Streptococcus pneumoniae. Indeed, it has been suggested that some physicians have lost control over their antibiotic prescribing—that they have become, in effect, antibiotic dependent. I have, as a consequence, devised a questionnaire for the diagnosis of this dreaded addiction afflicting practicing physicians. If the answer to one or more of these questions is yes, you have a problem!
For those who have answered yes to one or more of these questions, I have begun the development of a 12-step program. Unfortunately, I have only been able to develop half of a 12-step program.
* Lockwood WR. Letter: Antibiotics anonymous. N Engl J Med 1974;290:465-466.