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BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7006.685b (Published 09 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:685
  1. R Chan,
  2. L Hemeryck,
  3. J Feely,
  4. M O'Regan,
  5. L Clancy
  1. Research registrar Research nurse Professor Department of Therapeutics and Medicines Evaluation Unit, Trinity Centre for Health Sciences, St James's Hospital, Dublin 8, Republic of Ireland
  2. Lecturer Department of Statistics
  3. Consultant physician Department of Respiratory Medicine

    EDITOR,—We agree that intuitively one would expect the oral route to be appropriate for antibiotic treatment of most lower respiratory tract infections acquired in the community. However, pharmaceutical advertising and, more importantly, practice in many hospitals lead to an inappropriately large number of patients receiving antimicrobial drugs intravenously (communications from doctors since our paper was published and Tsang's own …

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