Need to curb unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions

  • Health experts in the UK have said more efforts were needed to cut unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions. The warning comes after a study has revealed that instances of patients being given the drugs for minor conditions have significantly gone up in the last decade.

    In 1999, 36% patients were prescribed antibiotics for coughs and colds — this went up to 51% in 2011, the study found.

    There have been several warnings in various countries about rising antibiotic resistance because of unnecessary prescribing.


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