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Università della Svizzera italiana

Antibiotic consumption and the role of dispensing physicians

Filippini, Massimo ; Heimsch, Fabian ; Masiero, Giuliano

Regulation of prescription and dispensing of antibiotics has a twin purpose: to enhance access to antibiotic treatment and to reduce inappropriate use of drugs. Nevertheless, incentives on antibiotics to dispensing physicians may lead to inefficiencies. We model the interaction between competing physicians (with and without dispensing of drugs) and patients exposed to bacterial infections when...