Experts call for review of pneumonia guidelines

Infectious disease experts are calling for a review of international treatment guidelines for community-acquired pneumonia after new evidence has revealed that about one in four adults prescribed antibiotics do not respond to treatment. 

A study of 251,947 patients treated for community-acquired pneumonia with a single class of antibiotics (beta-lactam, macrolide, tetracycline or fluoroquinolone) has found the total antibiotic failure rate to be 22.1

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