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Oxford researchers are among a group of infectious disease experts to argue that the advice that patients should complete a course of antibiotics is not supported by evidence and should be dropped.

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In a paper published in The BMJ , the authors, who include National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) professors Tim Peto and Sarah Walker, say that patients are being put at unnecessary risk from antibiotic resistance when treatment is given for longer than necessary, not when it is stopped early.

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