Antibiotics

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) recognizes inappropriate use of antibiotics as a risk to both personal and public health and encourages only the appropriate use of these medications. (1997) (2010)

As a strong proponent of patient-centered evidence-based care, the AAFP encourages members to be judicious with antibiotic prescribing. Examples would include inappropriate antibiotic prescribing for the management of otitis media and sinusitis, as noted in the Choosing Wisely Campaign recommendations. However, the AAFP acknowledges that all antibiotic prescribing should be based on best practices. (April 2015 BOD)