Antibiotic scripts fall under GP scrutiny

Getting GPs to police their own colleagues could provide the long-sought answer for improving antibiotic prescribing in primary care, a European study suggests.

Where ivory-tower specialists, guidelines and governments have all failed, the use of peer-to-peer mentoring has at last shown some success in getting GPs to prescribe fewer antibiotics for acute respiratory tract infections.

The trial, conducted in Norway, saw GPs trained as special "peer academic detailers", who sat in on three regular continuing