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Most hospitals overuse antibiotics, Premier finds
Modern Healthcare

Hospitals continue to overuse antibiotics despite warnings that pervasive use can lead to drug resistance and cause billions of dollars in excess healthcare costs, according to a retrospective analysis of 505 hospital members of the Premier health alliance.

Inappropriate and redundant use of antibiotic combinations was prevalent in nearly 80% of the facilities analyzed, and overuse of the most common therapies led to an excess spending of nearly $13 million, according Premier, a healthcare purchasing and performance-services company.