Are "standard" antibiotic courses too long?

Ruma logo_24766British researchers ignited a firestorm by suggesting in The BMJ that a standard course of antibiotics—averaging one to two weeks—may in fact be driving antibiotic resistance rates higher, while providing no more benefit to the already cured patient. The dictate of fully completing an antibiotic course, established to prevent undertreatment in the mid-20th century, is just another form of overtreatment, they claim. RUMA’s independent Scientific Group has urged caution and has advised farming and veterinary communities, through a press release, to continue following current prescription guidelines and completing courses of animal treatments until more research is carried out.

The RUMA PR can be read here

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