Just-in-case scripts a boon for respiratory infection: study

Delayed prescribing as good or better than immediate antibiotics, a meta-analysis shows

Delayed antibiotic prescribing is as safe and effective as immediate antibiotics for respiratory tract infections, according to a meta-analysis.

Professor Paul Glasziou
Professor Paul Glasziou.

The findings, covering more than 55,000 children and adults, showed symptom severity was no worse with ‘just in case’ antibiotic scripts, the researchers reported.

As a lever to curb antibiotic resistance, such scripts were found to be much more acceptable