Soundings

Over the counter antibiotics

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7031.644 (Published 09 March 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:644
  1. Judith Hollis-Triantafillou

    “She's had a really high temperature for five days now doctor,” said my patient's husband anxiously over the phone, “and the cough's getting worse even though she's taking this thing called Amoxil that the pharmacist gave her—”

    “It's not a thing called Amoxil,” I interrupted nastily, “it's an antibiotic and probably inappropriate in your wife's case but I'll be round to see her as soon as possible.”

    We are in the throes of a flu epidemic, and although I have had many similar calls over the past few weeks I get just as furious every time. Antibiotics, along with most other drugs, are available without prescription, on demand …

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