oa SA Pharmaceutical Journal - Rational use of antibiotics in respiratory tract infections : review
|Article Title||Rational use of antibiotics in respiratory tract infections : review|
|© Publisher:||Medpharm Publications|
|Journal||SA Pharmaceutical Journal|
|Affiliations||1 Amayeza Info Services|
|Publication Date||May 2012|
|Pages||34 - 39|
|Keyword(s)||Antibiotics and Respiratory tract infections|
Viruses account for most respiratory tract infections. However, antibiotics continue to be prescribed and utilised inappropriately. Indiscriminate prescribing and patient noncompliance contribute to the rising prevalence of antibiotic resistance. Only 15 (out of 167) new antibiotic agents are being developed that have a new mechanism of action. It is imperative that healthcare professionals adhere to the rational use of antibiotics, and advise their patients accordingly.
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