1. Approximately 50% of antibiotic prescriptions written in the outpatient setting are unnecessary. 1

2. Outpatient antibiotic prescribing is greatest in the winter months.(1)

3.The states that prescribe the most amount of antibiotics(per capita) are: 1. Kentucky 2. West Virginia 3. Tennessee 4. Mississippi 5. Louisiana

4. The states that prescribe the least # of antibiotics(per capita) are: 1. Alaska 2. Hawaii 3. California 4. Oregon 5. Washington

5. In the European Union alone, drug-resistant bacteria are estimated to cause 25,000 deaths and cost more than US$1.5 billion every year in healthcare expenses and productivity losses.

6. Globally in 2014, an estimated 480,000 people developed multidrug-resistant TB (MDR-TB).

7. In 2013 in the United States, 2 million children & adults became infected with antibiotic resistant bacteria, and at least 23,000 died as a direct result.

 

Sources:

  • http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2015/antibiotic-resistance/en/

Survey Says:

Almost two thirds (64%) of some 10 000 people who were surveyed across 12 countries say they know antibiotic resistance is an issue that could affect them and their families, but how it affects them is not well understood.

64% of respondents believe antibiotics can be used to treat colds and flu, despite the fact that antibiotics have no impact on viruses.

Close to one third (32%) of people surveyed believe they should stop taking antibiotics when they feel better, rather than completing the prescribed course of treatment.