n.— «In a recent study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers questioned the necessity of prescribing antibiotics for children with earaches. This goes against the long-thought grain of using antibiotics for treatment and instead examines a process known as “wait-and-see prescribing” (WASP). Doctors, in the United Kingdom and many other European countries, that practice WASP write a prescription but advise parents not to fill it unless the child fails to improve, or gets worse 48 hours after the appointment.» —“Less Medicine, Better Compliance: A Revolution in the Treatment of Illness?” PR Web Sept. 20, 2006. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

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