Antibiotic fail rate hits 15%

The failure rate of antibiotics is rising as GP’s hand out too many of them researchers have recently warned.

The drugs were ineffective in treating 15.4% of four common infections in 2012, a study of 11 million prescriptions shows. The failure rate in 1991 was 13.9%.

Resistance to antibiotics is up alarmingly but GP’s “seldom” report it, according to a Cardiff University team.

Professor Craig Currie says: ” The growing ineffectiveness is very worrying”.

Many are used wrongly to treat mild infections experts say.

There has been concern over this issue for years and if the research is correct a major class of drugs are still having their potency to fight disease eroded.

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