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Reducing Antibiotic Resistance

01 August 2017

Australia has one of the highest rates of antibiotic use in the world, ranking 8th among 29 countries evaluated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). 

NPS MedicineWise is encouraging GPs to:

  • Avoid routine prescribing of antibiotics in upper respiratory tract infections and acute bronchitis as they are of limited benefit, and cause harm.
  • Avoid testing urine in patients older than 65 years, unless there are clear symptoms of a urinary tract infection (UTI).

For more information, please visit the NPS website.