Antibiotic prescribing 'could be cut by 90%'

Antibiotics are being overprescribed for acute respiratory infections at rates up to nine times higher than guidelines recommend, GP data derived from the BEACH study suggest.

The average GPs is writing antibiotic prescriptions for 57% of patients presenting with acute respiratory infections, whereas only 6-13% patients would receive them if Therapeutic Guidelines recommendations were followed, a study by Bond University researchers reveals.

The estimates are derived from GP prescribing data gathered from 2010-2015, which looked at how GPs managed new cases of eight different acute respiratory