This is what happens when GPs curb antibiotic scripts for RTIs

GPs can safely reduce antibiotic prescribing for self-limiting respiratory tract infections (RTIs) 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 Lemierre’s syndrome