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One in five GP prescriptions for antibiotics is inappropriate

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 27 February 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k936
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

At least 20% of all antibiotic prescriptions in primary care in England are inappropriate, research from Public Health England (PHE) shows.1

This rate needs to fall to 10% if the target set by the UK government in 2016 to halve inappropriate prescribing by 2020 is to be achieved.

Paul Cosford, medical director of PHE, said that all general practices needed to look at how they can reduce their …

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