‘Extreme’: Australian GPs prescribing antibiotics at up to nine times recommended rates, study finds

Australian GPs are prescribing antibiotics at up to nine times recommended rates, a new study has found, in a trend that could see the emergence of deadly superbugs and put common medical procedures at risk. Antibiotics are not recommended for people with chest colds caused by acute bronchitis or children with bronchiolitis. But patients with these conditions were given antibiotics in 85 per cent of cases, a study published in The Medical Journal of Australia has found.
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