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Unnecessary prescriptions costing NHS £8m a year

10th February 2012

Researchers from Cardiff University say that unnecessary prescriptions for antibiotics could be costing GP practices as much as £8.4 million a year.

In findings published in the British Medical Journal, they found that doctors were giving out 1.6 million unnecessary prescriptions for common conditions such as acute coughs and sinusitis. The two-year study, led by Professor Chris Butler, was conducted in collaboration with 68 GP practices in Wales in which doctors were offered access to antibiotic prescribing and resistance data and advanced 'consulting skills' tools to discuss treatment options more effectively with patients.


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