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Don't ask for antibiotics

17th February 2009

A Department of Health drive is urging GPs to be strict with prescriptions for antibiotics to stop "unnecessary" patient requests.

Advertisements will be shown in the press in order to reinforce the information that antibiotics cannot cure coughs and colds.

England's Chief Medical Officer Sir Liam Donaldson, said: "Using antibiotics when they are not necessary will increase resistance to them and make it difficult to treat serious bacterial infections in the future."

 

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