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Letters Safety of reduced antibiotic prescribing

Author’s reply to Mathioudakis and colleagues

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 05 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4256
  1. Martin C Gulliford, professor of public health
  1. Department of Primary Care and Public Health Sciences, King’s College London, Guy’s Campus, London SE1 1UL, UK
  1. martin.gulliford{at}

Self limiting respiratory tract infections are extremely common, and most people experience one or more episodes each year. Antibiotic treatment is generally unnecessary, offering minimal or no benefit while increasing the risks …

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