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March 2009
Vol. 19 No. 3
Policy and Advocacy
IDSA Responds to Supermarketsí Free Antibiotics Promotions

This winter, several national supermarket chains began offering free antibiotics with a prescription. In some cases, the promotions were linked to cold and influenza season, clearly encouraging inappropriate use. At a time when antibiotic resistance is on the rise, IDSA believes it is bad public health policy to be promoting the inappropriate use of antibiotics.

The Society issued a press release in January encouraging supermarkets to give away influenza vaccinations rather than antibiotics. IDSA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) then wrote joint letters to the supermarkets encouraging them to partner with CDC’s “Get Smart: Know When Antibiotics Work” campaign to educate consumers about appropriate use, and issued a press release on the outreach.
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