In this large Medicaid cohort, those who took azithromycin has almost 3 times the risk of death compared to those not taking an antibiotic, and 2.5 times the risk of death compared to those taking amoxicillin. Not only should this dissuade unnecessary antibiotic use, but should also caution the use of azithromycin in those with high CV risk (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.