Doctors must stop telling patients to finish an entire course of antibiotics because it is driving antimicrobial resistance, a group of eminent specialists has warned.
Patients should be encouraged to continue taking medication only until they feel better, to avoid the overuse of drugs, experts from bodies including Public Health England and the University of Oxford are now advising.
Current guidance from the NHS and the World Health Organisation says it is essential to ‘finish a course’ of antibiotics to avoid triggering more virulent forms of disease.
Stopping early means there’s a chance that some of the bug will have been exposed to the antibiotic but not deaded by it. Increasing the chance of resistance, no?
Maybe Woody Allen was right – brown rice kills and steaks cure.