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Fluoroquinolones for the Treatment of Otitis Media: A Review of Clinical Effectiveness, Cost-Effectiveness, and Guidelines

Last updated: April 24, 2019
Project Number: RC1095-000
Product Line: Rapid Response
Research Type: Drug
Report Type: Summary with Critical Appraisal
Result type: Report

Question

  1. What is the clinical effectiveness of fluoroquinolones for the treatment of otitis media in patients unable to take beta-lactams antibiotics?
  2. What is the cost-effectiveness of fluoroquinolones for the treatment of otitis media in patients unable to take beta-lactams antibiotics?
  3. What are the evidence-based guidelines regarding the use of fluoroquinolones for the treatment of otitis media in patients unable to take beta-lactams antibiotics?

Key Message

No evidence regarding the clinical effectiveness or cost-effectiveness of fluoroquinolones to treat otitis media in patients unable to take beta-lactam antibiotics was identified. Further, no guidelines regarding the use of fluoroquinolones for the treatment of otitis media in patients unable to take beta-lactams antibiotics were found.