Journal of General Internal Medicine

, Volume 34, Issue 11, pp 2342–2344 | Cite as

Inappropriate Fluoroquinolone Use in Academic and Non-academic Primary Care Clinics

  • Adrian Brown
  • Jordan R. Wong
  • Sheetal Kandiah
  • Justin Moore
  • Kristi QuairoliEmail author
Concise Research Reports


Within the USA, it is estimated that 30% of outpatient antibiotic prescriptions may be inappropriate.1 In 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the Core Elements of Outpatient Antibiotic Stewardship, which recommended clinicians and facilities perform tracking and reporting of antibiotic prescribing as an initiative to develop outpatient antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs) and reduce inappropriate antibiotic use.2 Fluoroquinolones are a class of broad-spectrum antibiotics that are over-utilized in the outpatient setting with several recent Food and Drug Administration warnings for serious adverse drug reactions (ADRs).3, 4 An estimated 5.1% and 19.9% of fluoroquinolone prescriptions are for indications not requiring antibiotics or have indications with alternative first-line antibiotics, respectively.5 One study demonstrated 84.0% of outpatient fluoroquinolone prescriptions were inappropriate based on guideline recommendations.6The purpose of...



Department of Pharmacy and Drug Information, Grady Health System

Compliance with Ethical Standards

This study was granted exemption by the Emory University IRB and for this type of study formal consent is not required.

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they do not have a conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adrian Brown
    • 1
  • Jordan R. Wong
    • 1
  • Sheetal Kandiah
    • 2
  • Justin Moore
    • 3
  • Kristi Quairoli
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Pharmacy and Drug InformationGrady Health SystemAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.Division of Infectious DiseaseEmory University School of MedicineAtlantaUSA
  3. 3.College of PharmacyUniversity of GeorgiaAthensUSA

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