The number of antibiotic prescriptions for kids decreased 14 percent from 2002 to 2010, according to a new federal analysis. However, antibiotics still remain the most frequently prescribed drug for kids.
“Overall, 263.6 million prescriptions were written for patients 17 and under in 2010, down 7% from 2002, finds the analysis of prescription claims databases by Food and Drug Administration researchers, published today in the journal Pediatrics. By comparison, 3.3 billion were dispensed for ages 18 and up, 22% more than in 2002.”
“The medical community has made “an enormous effort to decrease antibiotic use” for kids in the past decade “by educating parents about the futility of treating viral infections with antibiotics” and about antibiotic resistance, the FDA study says….”
“Other drug categories down from 2002-2010 were allergy medications (61%); pain (14%); and cough/cold without expectorant (42%). But prescriptions increasing include corticosteroids for asthma (14%); contraceptives (up 93%, possibly because of secondary uses, such as acne) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (46%).”
Do you think your kids are being prescribed antibiotics less frequently? Do you see the other categories decreasing as well – allergy, pain, cough and cold? Why do you think asthma meds, contraceptives and ADHD drugs are up?