Most antibiotic prescriptions for several common infections treated in primary care in England are longer than they need to be, according to a study yesterday in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).

Delving into a nationwide database of electronic medical records from primary care offices, a team led by researchers from Public Health England (PHE) found that more than 80% of antibiotic courses for upper respiratory tract infections and acute cough and bronchitis exceeded national guideline recommendations, resulting in 1.1 million days of treatment beyond the recommended durations for those conditions.

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Feb 27 BMJ study

Feb 27 BMJ editorial