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Antibiotics

Health written question – answered on 29th November 2011.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what measures are being taken to inform people about potential dangers associated with self-medicating with antibiotics.

Photo of Simon Burns Simon Burns The Minister of State, Department of Health

The Department and the chief medical officer promoted messages to the public relating to appropriate antibiotic use as part of its activities to support European Antibiotics Awareness day on 18 November 2011. This included making clear that antibiotics are important medicines and should only be taken when prescribed by a health professional, and that when prescribed it is important that patients complete the prescribed course so that the treatment is effective and the risk of resistance is reduced.

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