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Use of broad-spectrum antibiotics to treat pneumonia does more harm than good

July 31, 2019

A new study by researchers at Intermountain Healthcare has found that administering broad-spectrum antibiotics, which act against a wide range of disease-causing bacteria, to treat patients with pneumonia often does more harm than good.

The study, published in the European Respiratory Journal, found that broad spectrum antibiotics are often used in patients who don’t need them, resulting in potential side-effects that lead to complications and longer hospital stays.

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