Demand for antibiotics sees a 2nd wave

The fill rate for oral antibiotics is nearing a second peak after falling since the end of 2022, GoodRx data shows

In November, the prescription fill rate for antibiotics increased to 1.4 percent before declining to a 0.89 percent fill rate in the first week of 2023. The end of January — the most recent data available on GoodRx's dashboard, which was updated Feb. 7 — saw a 1.36 percent nationwide fill rate for antibiotics. 

The increase in antibiotic prescription fills could be related to the surge in respiratory syncytial virus cases, but that season seems to have already peaked two months ago.

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