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  •   Home > News > Health & Safety

    Too many antibiotics could be putting people at higher risk of resistant bacteria

    Too many antibiotics could be putting people at higher risk of resistant bacteria


    A study has found there were no major adverse outcomes in New Zealand from a cut-back on prescriptions during the original Covid-19 lockdown.

    Auckland University infectious disease specialist Mark Thomas, who led the study, says our prescribing rates remain comparatively high.

    He says prescription rates should drop by about a third ... because high antibiotic consumption creates more chances for resistant bacteria to spread.

    Thomas says more spread means we will increasingly develop bacteria that can't be treated.

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