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Published November 10, 2012, 11:30 PM

Drs. Oz and Roizen: Reducing overuse of antibiotic treatments for kids

Q I took my 6-year-old to the doctor because she had a sore throat with white patches – strep, I assumed. So I figured the doctor would take one look at her and prescribe an antibiotic. But he took two throat swabs, did an office strep test on one – which he said was negative – and sent the other sample to a lab. When those results came back, it turned out it was strep after all. Then the doc gave her amoxicillin. But I wonder, is this doctor incompetent?

By: Mehmet Oz, M.D., and Michael Roizen, M.D. , INFORUM

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