Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Antimicrobial Drug Use, United States, 2014-2015

Emerg Infect Dis. 2018 Nov;24(11):2126-2128. doi: 10.3201/eid2411.180762.


Using a US nationwide survey, we measured disparities in antimicrobial drug acquisition by race/ethnicity for 2014-2015. White persons reported twice as many antimicrobial drug prescription fills per capita as persons of other race/ethnicities. Characterizing antimicrobial drug use by demographic might improve antimicrobial drug stewardship and help address antimicrobial drug resistance.

Keywords: USA; United States; antibacterial agents; antimicrobial drug stewardship; antimicrobial drugs; antimicrobial resistance; ethnic groups; healthcare disparities; national survey; pharmacies; population groups; race/ethnicity; racial disparities.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Infective Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Antimicrobial Stewardship / statistics & numerical data*
  • Demography
  • Drug Prescriptions / statistics & numerical data*
  • Drug Utilization / statistics & numerical data
  • Ethnicity / statistics & numerical data*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Racial Groups / statistics & numerical data*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States


  • Anti-Infective Agents