Antibiotics for URTIs

Antibiotics are most commonly prescribed for respiratory tract infections (RTIs), including URTIs. The majority of URTIs are non-serious and of viral etiology.1

Despite this, antibiotic prescription for RTIs and URTIs is extremely high, particularly for conditions like the common cold, sore throat, sinusitis, and influenza.1

  • In the US, 68% of primary care antibiotic prescribing is for RTIs

The result is an increase in antibiotic resistance among bacterial organisms

  • In America, hospital-acquired infections, most of which are caused by antibiotic-resistant pathogens, result in an estimated 99 000 deaths each year.1