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> I have to agree whole heartedly with Jim Chamberlin about the need to restrict
> the use of any antibiotic to those conditions that need antibiotics.  We (the
> house of Medicine) overuse antibiotics in the outpatient setting, and we
> are/will continue to pay for the indiscretion.
>
> Multi-resistant bugs (Memphis is endemic for pen resistant strep)
> Excessive expense (one of the few for which we are responsible)
> Perpetuation of the myth of the quick cure (My least favorite type of patient)
> Iatrogenic adverse effects in patients that did not need the antibiotic
>  to begin with (Oh the horror stories)
 
 
I know we've all been saying this for years about the "overuse" of
antibiotics speeding up the development of resistant microbes, and it
intuitively makes sense, but...
 
I was wondering if anyone can point to any actual studies that tried to
porve and/or quantify it.