The Telegraph (UK)
January 9, 2008
Alan Johnson, Britain’s Health Secretary, says it is time to end the unnecessary use of penicillin and other commonly-prescribed pills, which cost the NHS £1.7 billion a year.
Using antibiotics too liberally has led to bugs such as MRSA becoming resistant to treatment with the drugs. Most colds, coughs and flu are caused by viruses, which cannot be treated with antibiotics anyway, Mr Johnson points out.
Over prescribing and overmedicating is common in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere. Related:
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