Antibiotic prescribing in primary care

  • CL Teng


A survey of urban general practice consultations revealed overall antibiotic prescribing rate of 33.1%.1 In contrast, the overall antibiotic prescribing rate in a large public primary care clinic (Klinik Kesihatan Seremban) was 16%.2 The antibiotic prescribing rates for upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) for the general practice and public primary care clinics were 68.4% and 26%, respectively. The commonest antibiotics prescribed for URTI were amoxycillin (in general practice) and erythromycin (in public primary care clinic). The use of penicillin V was rare in both settings.


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Teng CL, Achike FI, Phua KL, et al. General and URTI-specific

antibiotic prescription rates in a Malaysian primary care setting. Int J Antimicrob Agents. 2004 Nov;24(5):496-501.

How to Cite
TengC. (2006). Antibiotic prescribing in primary care. Malaysian Family Physician, 1(1), 1. Retrieved from
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