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Telemedicine visits increase overprescription of antibiotics for children

Researchers at UPMC Children’s Hospital found that pediatric patients with acute respiratory infections were prescribed antibiotics more often during virtual visits than in-person appointments.

Their analysis of claims data in a national health plan database, published on Monday in the journal Pediatrics, show that children received antibiotic prescriptions during 52 percent of telemedicine visits, compared with 42 percent of urgent care and 31 percent of primary care visits.

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