Antibiotic prescription fill rates are declining in Alabama. Appropriate prescribing of antibiotics is important because the overuse of antibiotics can allow diseases to build resistance against antibiotic treatments.
According to a new study by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, Alabama ranks second among states in the rate of antibiotic prescription fill rates among Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama commercially insured members. However, Alabama's fill rates have declined eight percent over the last seven years. The study further shows this decline varies largely by city, from a 22 percent decline in Anniston to a one percent decline in Auburn/Opelika and Florence.
Pediatricians in Alabama have led the way in curtailing antibiotics use, with prescriptions filled for children dropping 14 percent since 2010. These declines vary from a 28 percent decrease in Gadsden to a six percent reduction in Decatur and Dothan.