June 23, 2012

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1 Kids' Antibiotic Rx's Down, but Still High

A campaign to discourage the futile use of ineffective antibiotics in treating viral infections helped lower the number of antibiotic prescriptions for persons 17 or younger by 14% from 2002 to 2010, according to a new FDA analysis. But antibiotics are still the most-prescribed drugs for that group, which health experts warn is contributing to an increase in drug-resistant infections. Some 265 million prescriptions of all kinds were written for minor patients in 2010, compared to 3.3 billion for persons older than 17, with the largest increase being for contraceptives, often used as an acne treatment, up 93%, and the greatest decrease for allergy medications, down 61%. Pediatric experts expressed concern about the 46% rise in ADHD drugs, whose long-term effects aren't yet known.

More at Usatoday.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Resistance to Antibiotics a Threat to Public Health

Tags: Antibiotics, Antibiotics for Children, Drugs Prescribed in U.S., Drugs Prescribed for Children, Fewer Antibiotics Prescribed, Allergy Prescriptions, Contraceptive Prescriptions, Treatment for Viral Infections

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2 AMA Votes for Sugary Sodas Tax

Citing studies that "strongly and consistently" link sugar-sweetened beverages to overweight, diabetes and other health problems, the AMA voted in its annual meeting on June 20 to endorse levying extra taxes on those drinks, with all tax revenue used to fund programs to combat obesity and the health issues that result from widespread overweight, through "improved consumer education on the adverse health effects of excessive consumption of beverages containing added sweeteners." Although roughly half of all added sugars that Americans consume are in beverages, the American Beverage Association promptly denounced added taxes on their products as "misguided" and "discriminatory," and other critics applied the Nanny State label. Previous AMA votes on sugar taxes failed to pass.

More at Latimes.com | Posted 5 years ago by Robert S. Wieder

Previously: Soda Tax Would Save Lives

Tags: AMA, American Medical Association, AMA Convention, AMA and Soda Taxes, AMA and Sugar Taxes, Taxing Sugary Beverages, AMA Vote on Taxes, AMA Vote on Sodas

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