Rational use of antibiotics in respiratory tract infections

  • Leilani Johnston Amayeza Information Centre
Keywords: antibiotics, respiratory tract infections


Viruses account for most respiratory tract infections. However, antibiotics continue to be prescribed and utilised inappropriately. Indiscriminate prescribing and patient noncompliance contribute to the rising prevalence of antibiotic resistance. Only 15 (out of 167) new antibiotic agents are being developed that have a new mechanism of action. It is imperative that healthcare professionals adhere to the rational use of antibiotics, and advise their patients accordingly.

Author Biography

Leilani Johnston, Amayeza Information Centre
B.Pharm Amayeza Information Services