No evidence exists to support use of penicillin

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7045.1536b (Published 15 June 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:1536
  1. Tim Stokes,
  2. Rashmi Shukla,
  3. Philip Monk
  1. Registrar in public health medicine Consultant in communicable disease control Consultant in communicable disease control Leicestershire Health, Leicester LE5 4QF

    EDITOR,—Given the current high profile of meningococcal disease in Britain it is extremely important that the BMJ should publish an editorial that is firmly evidence based and reflects current guidance available from experts in infectious diseases and communicable disease control. We are thus concerned about Kristiansen and Knapskog's editorial from Norway, which recommends that high risk contacts should be given chemoprophylaxis and preventive treatment with penicillin.1 While the use of chemoprophylaxis is not disputed, we …

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