Pharmacist advice lacking
A sizeable percentage of Australians still believe antibiotics can work against viral infections, according to the findings of a survey of pharmacy customers.
Over a third of 252 patients visiting a Queensland pharmacy believed taking antibiotics would speed their recovery from a cold or flu.
One-fifth felt that antibiotics would cure viral infections, found pharmacy academics from the University of Queensland and James Cook University.
The findings revealed education campaigns about antibiotics were not proving as effective as