Quarter of patients think it’s fine to use friend or family member’s antibiotics, survey finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 18 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6196
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Doctors have been urged to treat antibiotics as a “precious commodity” in the wake of a World Health Organization survey showing widespread confusion among the general public about their correct use.1

At the launch of a new WHO campaign to encourage good practice among the public, health workers, policy makers, and the agricultural sector, the organisation’s director general, Margaret Chan, urged doctors to play their part. She said, “Doctors need to treat antibiotics as a precious commodity and must try to resist the pressure from individual patients who come in with a cold or flu or viral infection asking for antibiotics.”

Keiji Fukuda, Chan’s special representative …

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