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THE PHARMA REVIEW (JANUARY - FEBRUARY 2017)

Antibiotics 101

Altaf Patel

If there is a single drug that requires intelligent supervision, it is an antibiotic. Several studies tell us that patients with mild infection, particularly of the throat, do equally well without antibiotics. Nevertheless in this city patients buy their own antibiotics according to their choice, depending on what has worked for them in the past. Or they seek advice from the surrogate doctor: the chemist. Physicians are quick to dole out counsel on the phone, to keep patients’ repeated requests out of their hair. There’s no norm concerning how long one should use an antibiotic, but doctors feel they should be used for three to five days, or else the infection is not properly eradicated. 

 

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