Self medication: a potentially avoidable cause of antibiotic misuse and resistance


  • Anant D. Patil Freelance consultant: Medical communication and training


Antibiotic misuse, Antibiotic resistance, Self medication


I read the article by Chawla S et al on buying patterns of drugs from pharmacies in Northern India with interest. Overall self medication was reported by close to one third (35.7%) study population. The results prompted me to write about burden of antibiotic self medication and measures to tackle this serious issue.Self medication with antibiotics is concern not only in India; several studies from different parts of world have shown antibiotics being misused and commonly consumed without prescription.


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How to Cite

Patil, A. D. (2017). Self medication: a potentially avoidable cause of antibiotic misuse and resistance. International Journal of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology, 2(4), 498–499. Retrieved from



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