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Antibiotics Under the Drug Spotlight

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Subcommittee on Hospital-Based Education in Therapeutics, the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Seattle, Washington

Ann Intern Med. 1973;79(4):600-601. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-79-4-600
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The drug spotlight turns on antibiotics during the year's current quarter. The paper by Dr. Calvin M. Kunin in this issue, "Use of Antibiotics—A Brief Exposition of the Problem and Some Tentative Solutions," (pp. 555-560) was written by him for the Drug Spotlight program. Clearly, the inappropriate use of antibiotics presents a large and multifaceted problem to physicians and their patients:

1. Adverse effects of antibiotics are frequent and may be serious. Superinfections during antibiotic therapy are of particular concern because they are one of the most important causes of fatal adverse drug reactions. Lack of control of infection may




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