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Antibiotics Bought Easily on the Internet
Date:9/15/2009

ercent to 30 percent of people in immigrant communities in the United States are obtaining antibiotics at local bodegas.

"Consumers should consult with their primary-care providers first before ordering antibiotics and ask for advice," Schwartz recommended. "Many people will take antibiotics for viral infections, which of course are useless and have potential negative side effects -- destroying normal gut flora, allowing potentially harmful bacteria that are stable under normal conditions to become pathogenic or harmful. They should save their money."

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The Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics has more on the dangers of antibiotic overuse.



SOURCES: Arch G. Mainous, III, Ph.D., professor, family medicine and biostatistics, bioinformatics and epidemiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston; Robert Schwartz, M.D., chair, department of family medicine and community health, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; September/October 2009 Annals of Family Medicine


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