Prescriptions for antibiotics to prevent anthrax uncommon after the 2001 anthrax attacks

CHICAGO Prescriptions for antibiotics that could be taken in advance to prevent against anthrax were uncommon among concerned patients after September 11, 2001 and the 2001 U.S. anthrax attacks, according to an article in the October 11 issue of The Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

According to the article, nationwide, more than 10,000 affected workers and others were given 3.75 million prophylactic antibiotic pills through official dispensing campaigns between October 2001 and January 2002. However, media reports suggest that even more prescriptions were given out by individual physicians.

Nathaniel Hupert, M.D., M.P.H., of the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, N.Y., and colleagues reviewed the electronic medical records of outpatient telephone contacts and clinic visits at a large, primary care practice in New York City from September 11 to December 31, 2001 to identify factors associated with prescribing antibiotics to prevent anthrax.

There were 30,456 total patient visits (via phone or in person) between September 11 and December 21, 2001. Of these visits, 244 involved patient-initiated discussion about bioterrorism: 92 (0.6 percent) of 14,917 telephone contacts and 152 (1.0 percent) of 15,539 office visits. Average patient volume was higher from October to December in 2001 (221.2 patients per day) compared with the same time period in 2000 (199.1 patients per day).

Fifty patients (21 percent of the 244 who discussed bioterrorism with their physician) requested antibiotics or vaccines, and 52 patients (22 percent) received antibiotics: 39 received ciprofloxacin; 12 doxycycline; and 1 received both drugs.

"Despite widespread popular concern about bioterrorism and speculation about increased patient requests and physician prescribing of antibiotics for anthrax prophylaxis, only one in five patients who initiated discussion about anthrax or smallpox with phy

Contact: Jonathan Weil
JAMA and Archives Journals

Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. Doctors And Patients Should Co-Sign Prescriptions
2. Immediate access to antibiotics stems spread of sexually transmitted diseases
3. Middle ear infections: Prescribe antibiotics or not?
4. OTC treatment for acne as good as antibiotics
5. Study finds few new antibiotics are in the pipeline
6. Blood test could avoid inappropriate use of antibiotics for respiratory infections (pp 600)
7. Long-term use of antibiotics possibly linked with increased risk of breast cancer
8. Alzheimers Association cautious about new Alzheimer treatment research with antibiotics
9. Study shows link between antibiotics and allergies, asthma
10. Children with sickle cell anemia often dont receive antibiotics to prevent deadly infections
11. Cipro, related antibiotics over-prescribed, fueling microbe resistance

Post Your Comments:

(Date:8/11/2020)... MIAMI (PRWEB) , ... August 11, 2020 , ... "Deep ... actor, director, and producer. The film star can add "host" to his repertoire with ... large variety of topics that affect people around the world today. Soon the show ...
(Date:8/11/2020)... ... August 11, 2020 , ... ... new additions to its Safety Advisory Board: community-centered doctor and public health outcomes ... , As the meaning of safety evolves with the COVID-19 pandemic, and school ...
(Date:8/7/2020)... ... August 07, 2020 , ... ... welcoming new patients for same-day dental implants with no referral necessary. This will ... they need in a single, convenient location. This advantage is especially crucial during ...
(Date:8/7/2020)... ... August 07, 2020 , ... On ... Fee Schedule proposed rule for the 2021 calendar year. The proposal significantly impacts ... procedures they perform which help return patients suffering from joint disease to productive, ...
(Date:8/5/2020)... MARIETTA, Ga. (PRWEB) , ... August 05, 2020 ... ... a healthcare research firm based in New York, to complete the “Top Doctor” ... the best healthcare. A randomly selected sample of board-certified physicians and key medical ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:8/3/2020)... ... August 03, 2020 , ... Hide-a-Mask, a hat with a hidden ... in less than three weeks since launch. Hide-a-Mask is ideal for anyone who is ... early backers who, like us, believe having a mask at your fingertips is a ...
(Date:7/31/2020)... ... , ... Member Care Solutions announced a deal with American Family Care (AFC) ... of their cloud based membership management software platform. , “We are very pleased and ... the perfect match for many reasons, but AFC’s need to quickly set up, market, ...
(Date:7/22/2020)... ... 2020 , ... With the new school year rapidly approaching, ... new 8 page white paper, “Infectious Disease Control for Schools Using Germ-Fogger™”, directly ... disinfecting-fogger is uniquely well suited to the requirements of disinfecting primary school, secondary ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: