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Amoxicillin for non-severe pneumonia in young children:Authors' reply

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.328.7455.1567-a (Published 24 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1567
  1. Shally Awasthi (sawasthi@sancharnet.in), professor of paediatrics1,
  2. S K Kabra, Addl professor of paediatrics2,
  3. Shamim Qazi, medical officer3 On behalf of the ISCAP Study Group
  1. 1King George Medical University, Lucknow, India
  2. 2All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India
  3. 3Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development,World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland

    EDITOR—The need for newer antibiotics must be addressed, but we disagree with Wrennall's other points. Our study was in a low resource setting to identify strategies for improving child health. Data on the appropriate duration of antibiotic treatment for pneumonia in children are scarce. Inappropriate use of antibiotics and increasing antimicrobial resistance are major public health problems. We believe that our results can be applied to a broader population.

    Our indicators of treatment failure were stringent. Cases were classified as failed if pulse oximetry results were < 90% on day 3, even if a patient's respiratory …

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