General principles and prescription recommendations for antibiotics in primary care
The purpose of this guidance leaflet is to avoid inappropriate prescription of antibiotics, a source of selection pressure, which leads to the emergence of bacterial resistance and to therapeutic impasses.
Each antibiotic prescription must be cautious, balancing :
the short-term benefits for the patient, the priority if he/she is indeed suffering from a bacterial infection;
the adverse effects for the patient on his/her commensal flora and for bacterial ecology through the selection of multiresistant bacteria.