Time to drop 'complete the course' mantra for antibiotics?

The ‘complete the course’ mantra for antibiotics should be dropped and patients told to ‘stop when they feel better’, say a group of leading infectious disease experts.

The ‘always finish the course’ advice for antibiotics is routinely issued by GPs to prevent under treatment and limit antibiotic resistance.

However, Professor Martin Llewelyn, an infectious diseases physician from the University of Sussex, UK, and colleagues say the mantra is misguided.