Antibiotics still overprescribed, study finds

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 26 July 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:176
  1. Susan Mayor
  1. London

    GPs in the United Kingdom are still prescribing antibiotics for a large proportion of patients who attend with sore throat, otitis media, upper respiratory tract infections, and sinusitis despite national guidance warning against this, according to a study published this week based on analysis of the world's largest primary care database (Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy 2007;60(suppl 1):i43-7).

    The study assessed antibiotic prescribing in primary care using the general practice research database of consultations and prescriptions (GPRD), which collects information on about three million patients from general practices throughout the UK.

    Researchers looked for all consultations between 1998 and 2001 for conditions that might have resulted in a prescription for antibiotics. They identified prescriptions for antibacterial drugs issued …

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