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Treating dysentery with metronidazole in Pakistan

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7074.146a (Published 11 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:146
  1. Tariq Iqbal Bhutta, Professor of paediatricsa,
  2. Agnes Vitry, Drug information pharmacistb
  1. a King Edward Medical College and Mayo Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan
  2. b Medical Lobby for Appropriate Marketing, PO Box 172, Daw Park, SA 5041, Australia

    Editor–Carine Ronsmans and colleagues' study of health professionals' knowledge of the treatment of dysentery in Bangladesh showed that less than half chose the correct treatment as recommended by the World Health Organisation in Bangladesh.1 Metronidazole was chosen by 10.9-25.6% of the doctors and by 36.8-47.3% of the drug dispensers. Similar and worrying inappropriate prescribing practices for antiamoebic drugs have been reported recently in Pakistan.2 In an editorial accompanying Ronsmans and colleagues' report Richard Cash points out that inappropriate prescribing and …

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