What happens when GPs curb antibiotic scripts for RTIs?

GPs can safely reduce antibiotic prescribing for self-limiting respiratory tract infections (RTIs) ro common cold without running the risk of unleashing a rash of serious bacterial complications, a study shows.

Drawing on data from 610 UK general practices covering about 4.5 million patients over a decade, researchers showed only a slight increase in the incidence of pneumonia and peritonsillar abscess in practices which reduced antibiotic prescribing.

Reassuringly, there were no extra cases of mastoiditis, empyema, meningitis, intracranial abscess or