We examined annual outpatient antibiotic dispensings within a health insurance plan covering ∼970,000 members per year during 2000-2016. The proportion of members with antibiotic dispensings decreased from 33.3% in 2000 to 25.9% in 2016. This trend was consistent in all stratifications of age, race/ethnicity, sex, and comorbidities.
Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol
Changes in outpatient antibiotic utilization, 2000-2016: More people are receiving fewer antibiotics.