Almost one in three antibiotic prescriptions written in the US is ‘inappropriate’, a new study today revealed.

The findings have prompted calls for improved stewardship of the important medicine.

Experts say overuse of antibiotics leads to more antibiotic-resistant infections – affecting two million people and killing 23,000 each year in the United States alone, according to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

The study found that in the United States in 2011, 262 million outpatient antibiotic prescriptions were dispensed – almost one for each of the nation’s 300 million people.

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