Warning on antibiotic overuse

Almost half of the antibiotics patients are given after undergoing surgery are unnecessary, an new survey has revealed.

The National Antimicrobial Prescribing Survey 2013, conducted by researchers from Melbourne Health, found in many cases the antibiotics were given for too long a period, or they were not specific enough.

This excessive treatment actually increases the risk of people getting unnecessary complications from antibiotics, such as diarrhoea, and can encourage antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria, said Associate Professor Karin Thursky, director of the new National Centre for