Over the counter drugs

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7049.115 (Published 13 July 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:115

Both doctors and pharmacists should prescribe better

  1. A Li Wan Po,
  2. X Y Su
  1. Professor of clinical pharmaceutics Postdoctoral fellow Centre for Evidence-Based Pharmacotherapy, School of Pharmacy, University of Nottingham, Nottingham NG7 2RD

    EDITOR,—The prescribing of antibiotics is a complex issue. There is increasing agreement that this class of drugs is overprescribed and that the development of antibiotic resistance is a major clinical problem, particularly in hospitals.1 In general practice a concern is the prescribing of antibiotics for patients with a sore throat. Given that microbial cultures are difficult to undertake, however, some prescribers recommend the use of …

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