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RPS video features pharmacists at work to combat antimicrobial resistance

A new video from the Royal Pharmaceutical Society showcases the diversity of antimicrobial stewardship activities across the pharmacy sector.

The three-minute video features on-location interviews with pharmacists and pharmaceutical scientists in care homes, hospitals, community pharmacies and research laboratories. Among the interviewees is Mandy Slatter, a care home pharmacist, who says that a pharmacist-devised training programme for nursing staff in her workplace has reduced antibiotic prescribing for urinary tract infections by 50%.

Health professionals from other sectors also appear in the video, describing the value of pharmacists in multidisciplinary teams. Nabeela Mughal, a microbiology and infectious diseases consultant, says that antibiotic pharmacists are “key players” on the daily ward round: “They highlight to us the right dose of a drug, any potential interactions, any side effects often overlooked by the prescribing team.”

The video can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVmqho8Dza8&feature=youtu.be

Citation: The Pharmaceutical Journal DOI: 10.1211/PJ.2017.20203977

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