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Tuesday, 31 May 1960

Mr KILLEN (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) - I address a question without notice to the Minister for Health. I refer the honorable gentleman to a recent survey the results of which were published by the National Health and Medical Research Council, in which the council stated that in the absence of information concerning the resistance of infections, penicillin should not be used in serious staphylococcal infectious cases. I ask the honorable gentleman what steps he has taken to ensure that the medical profession is aware of that fact. Can the honorable gentleman say whether the breakdown of the effectiveness of penicillin has been due to indiscriminate use of this preparation? Further, can the honorable gentleman say whether or not antibiotics generally are being used in an indiscriminate fashion?

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