Study highlights antibiotics packaging issues

The common mismatch between the recommended duration for antibiotic therapy and available pack sizes may help promote antibiotic resistance, an Australian study suggests.

 The researchers analysed 32 common antibiotic prescribing scenarios encountered in general practice and compared the duration of treatment recommended by the electronic Therapeutic Guidelines (eTG) with the standard pack size dispensed by pharmacists.

 Of the 32 prescribing scenarios, only four result in a pack size that provides the exact number of doses recommended by eTG.A surplus of doses is