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overprescribe

(ō′vər-prĭ-skrīb′)
v. overpre·scribed, overpre·scribing, overpre·scribes
v.intr.
To prescribe an excessive amount of a medication.
v.tr.
To prescribe (a medication) in excess of the amount needed.

o′ver·pre·scrip′tion (-skrĭp′shən) n.
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Overprescription of antibiotics is also a known contributor to antibiotic resistance, where bacteria find ways to mutate around the drugs.
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COSTLY ACTIVITYThe most common consequences of inappropriate antibiotics use such as overprescription, excessive use, inappropriate administration, suboptimal dosing include unnecessary adverse effects, increased healthcare costs (the median cost of treating a resistant bacterial infection is Sh70,000 globally) and selection of drug-resistant organism infection with multidrug-resistant pathogens.Although antibiotic prescription rates increased by more four per cent in the past 14 years, 60 per cent of adult prescribed antibiotics and 30 per cent for children are not needed.
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Firstly, there is rampant antibiotic overuse in Pakistan, due to overprescription by physicians, and self-medication by the public, which is facilitated by easy over-the-counter availability of these drugs.3 Secondly, many areas have inadequate sanitation and sewage disposal systems; this, compounded by illiteracy, overcrowding and mass rural-urban migration, favors the spread of fecal-orally transmitted illnesses including typhoid fever.
The overprescription of antibiotics in China and around the world has led to the evolution of superbugs, which are becoming immune to virtually all antibiotics.
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Women across Wales are also vocal about the overprescription of anti-depressants (rates have doubled in the past decade) and the limited access to psychological therapies.
The Healthcare Compliance Packaging Council noted, "This law will boost access to addiction treatment and includes many other interventions to mitigate the opioid epidemic, from law enforcement efforts against illicit drugs to combating the overprescription of opioids.
(190) The standard for establishing causation would be cursory by design, allowing for compensation beyond what the tort system could achieve and deterring manufacturers and distributors from facilitating overprescription. (191) An administrative tribunal would preside over the fund to evaluate applications and calculate remedies based on predetermined schedules.
As a result, significant errors in the timing and amount of irrigation relative to crop water needs have led to an overprescription of irrigation applications.
These suggestions show useful pathways that could be used to educate both patients and prescribers on the damage that can be caused by overprescription, and on the ABR crisis.