Careless use of antibiotics is speeding up resistance, and with few new antibiotics in the pipeline, more infections are becoming harder to treat. The World Health Organization’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week, 14–20 November 2016, aims to spread best practices among the general public, healthcare professionals and policymakers to stem the tide of a major threat to global health. Find out how you can make your contribution in our special report.
Report finds primary care in England now uses the lowest amounts of two broad spectrum antibiotic classes — cephalosporins and quinolones — compared to elsewhere in the EU.
Funding of £4m is being made available by the UK government to support projects that tackle the global challenges of antimicrobial resistance.
Community pharmacists in Grampian have been given the go-ahead to supply antibiotics to women with an uncomplicated urinary tract infection (UTI).
A declaration to tackle drug-resistant infections is due to be signed by 193 countries at the United Nations General Assembly on 21 September 2016.
The use of antibiotics during the first two years of life is associated with an increased risk of developing hay fever and eczema, results from a systematic review show.
Using Bdellovibrio to control Shigella infection in zebrafish larvae, researchers say this type of living antibiotic could hold potential for tackling antimicrobial resistance.
Patients commonly ‘self-prescribe’ antibioticsSubscription
A quarter of patients would take antibiotics without consulting a medical professional, study finds.
Over 50% of patients were prescribed an antibiotic for dental complaints, reveals an analysis of GP consultations.
Researchers conclude less severe eczema infection can be treated with topical steroids and emollients
As antibiotic resistance continues to threaten the treatment of various infections, researchers are looking for new ways to supplement and in some cases replace failing antimicrobial drugs.
Q&A: World Bank warns that inaction on antimicrobial resistance could increase healthcare costs in developing countriesSubscription
Tim Evans from the World Bank Group talks about new research that shows how inaction on antimicrobial resistance could wipe out decades of healthcare gains and dramatically increase healthcare costs in developing countries.
As the start of another influenza season approaches, community pharmacists should educate patients so they do not request unnecessary antibiotics from their GP.
Research and learning
Evaluating a point-of-care C-reactive protein test to support antibiotic prescribing decisions in a general practiceSubscription
C-reactive protein (CRP) is a marker of infection and inflammation. It is high in bacterial infections but very low or close to zero in viral infections. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), England and Wales’s health technology assessment body, has issued guidance on pneumonia in adults; it recommends point-of-care (POC) CRP analysers when clinical assessment is inconclusive. If the CRP level is less than 20mg/L, no antibiotics ...
Healthcare professionals should be aware of the principles of antimicrobial treatment and the need to reduce inappropriate prescribing to retain the effectiveness of drugs currently available.
Selecting the most appropriate treatment regimen for patients with Helicobacter pylori.
How to assess patients for true penicillin allergy and make appropriate treatment choices.
Gentamicin: dose regimens and monitoringSubscription
How to calculate the correct dose of gentamicin and monitor patients to prevent toxicity.