Prescribing Of Antibiotics To Children Still At A Level To Cause Drug Resistance

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Prescribing Of Antibiotics To Children


Regular prescribing of antibiotics to children in the community is sufficient to sustain a high level of antibiotic resistance in the population.

UK general practitioners are strongly encouraged to reduce antibiotic prescribing to minimise the risk of drug resistance, yet prescribing antibiotics to children remains common practice, write David Mant and colleagues at the University of Oxford.

A paper published in 1999 reported that over half (55%) of children aged 0-5 years in the UK (the group of patients who receive most antibiotics in the community) receive an average of 2.2 prescriptions for a


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