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Women should be able to get antibiotics for urinary tract infection without a prescription

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h3441 (Published 14 July 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h3441

Re: Women should be able to get antibiotics for urinary tract infection without a prescription

Over the counter availability of antibiotics and self diagnosis of seemingly common ailments is not advisable. This not only undermines the importance of medical practitioners but may lead many a time to faulty self diagnosis by patients and the wrong dosing pattern too. Antibiotic resistance develops from such non-judicious use of antibiotics. A person whose UTI may be due to diabetes of short duration may give himself prolonged faulty treatment leading to complications by the time it is reported to the doctor.

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 July 2015
Manjree S. Dube
Consultant Physician
Shanti Viswanathan
Chembur, Mumbai, India.