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Antibiotic Resistance Patient Safety Atlas

Outpatient Antibiotic Prescription Data

About the Data


Description: Data on oral antibiotic prescriptions dispensed to outpatients in U.S. community pharmacies.

Dates: 2011-2015 (updated October 2017)

Source: Xponent database from QuintilesIMS (Danbury, Connecticut).

Reporting facilities:

  • Community pharmacies
  • Mail-order pharmacies

Federal healthcare facilities and pharmacies were not included.

Reported antibiotic classes:

The national data includes 10 antibiotic classes; the state data includes 4 common antibiotic classes such as:

  • Penicillins (e.g., amoxicillin)
  • Macrolides (e.g., azithromycin)
  • Fluoroquinolones (e.g., ciprofloxacin, levofloxacin)

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