Most Australians ignorant about antibiotic resistance

The National Prescribing Service (NPS) surveyed 1000 Australians, finding only 40% of respondents knew antibiotics should not be taken for viruses.

In addition, only half of the respondents knew that bacteria were becoming resistant to antibiotics and taking antibiotics inappropriately contributed to resistance.

Eighty per cent of respondents expected a doctor’s prescription when they had an ear, nose, throat or chest infection and parents were twice as likely to ask for antibiotics to treat a child’s cough or cold than for themselves.

The survey was part of a new NPS consumer campaign