Antibiotics without prescription: more cons than prosBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4202 (Published 11 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4202
- Carl Llor, general practitioner and senior researcher1
- 1Primary Healthcare Centre Via Roma, 08015 Barcelona, Spain
Knox suggests that women should be able to get antibiotics for urinary tract infections (UTI) without prescription in the UK.1 This strategy could avoid unnecessary visits to the GP but might be hazardous for several reasons.
Firstly, the diagnosis of UTIs is not straightforward—34-60% of patients treated with an antibiotic do not have microbiologically confirmed UTI.2
Secondly, the link between this …