Thursday 4 February 2016

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR): improving prescribing practice

The latest edition of Public Health England’s Health Matters says reducing unnecessary prescribing of antibiotics can play an important role in tackling antimicrobial resistance.

Antimicrobial resistance is a growing problem and represents a major threat to public health. We rely heavily on antibiotics and the pressure on healthcare professionals to prescribe is great, even when they are not needed. We need to conserve antibiotics and use them appropriately or we risk losing the power of these medicines.

This second edition of Health matters focuses on inappropriate use and overuse of antibiotics and sets out how local authorities and the NHS can work together to tackle one of the most significant threats to public health

For further details, see Public Health England

 Posted by Dr. Tim Sandle

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