The MDA at Your Service Column addresses member resources available from the MDA. This month presents guidance in prescribing practices, particularly regarding clindamycin. Clindamycin’s association with an increased risk of antibiotic-associated diarrhea, including Clostridioides difficile (C. diff) infection, has increased. The report highlights how to access an ADA clinical guideline, its preference for azithromycin over clindamycin, and the warning associated with prescribing clindamycin. Further reference is available in the August 2020 MDA Journal article "Antibiotic Guidelines for Dentistry: Who, When, What, Why and How to Prescribe,” by Elaine Bailey, PharmD, and Marie Fluent, DDS. Additional member resources discussed in this article include a discount for retired members and guidance for those interested in getting involved in organized dentistry.
Tye, Eric DDS and Kanazeh, Angela MS, CMP
"MDA At Your Service: What Is the Recommendation Regarding Prescribing Clindamycin?,"
The Journal of the Michigan Dental Association: Vol. 104:
10, Article 7.
Available at: https://commons.ada.org/journalmichigandentalassociation/vol104/iss10/7