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  • National targets to reduce antibiotic prescribing should be reduced in order to fight the increase of antimicrobial resistance

    Putting the brakes on antibiotic use Subscription

    13 NOV 2014

    The UK government should support calls from across the health service for national targets to reduce antibiotic prescribing, before resistance robs us of vital treatments.

  • Chlamydia (pictured) is one of a series of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) that have increased considerably in the last ten years

    Treating bacterial sexually transmitted infections Subscription

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    With azithromycin made available over the counter for chlamydia treatment, this CPD article reviews how to identify and treat the most prevalent sexually transmitted infections.

  • Growing antimicrobial resistance is growing and results in 25,000 deaths in Europe each year. In the image, enterobacteriaceae (CRE) bacterium in an antibiotic susceptibility test proved to be resistant to all of the antibiotics tested

    Improving antimicrobial stewardship Video Subscription

    4 NOV 2014 16:46 By Kevin Frost

    Improve your practice and slow the increasing levels of antimicrobial resistance that already cost around 25,000 deaths across Europe each year.

  • Pharmacists will be sent a self care guide to help patients manage minor illnesses

    How pharmacists in Scotland can help combat antimicrobial resistance Subscription

    Jacqueline Sneddon, project lead for the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group, and Annamarie McGregor, professional support pharmacist at the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, explain how pharmacists in Scotland can improve antimicrobial stewardship.

  • Fears on Ebola and other viruses should not obscure the threat of antimicrobial resistance. Pictured, '28 days later' movie poster

    Not every problem is viral

    23 OCT 2014 By Eamonn McArdle

    We must not allow fears about Ebola and other viruses to obscure the threat of antimicrobial resistance, writes Eamonn McArdle.

  • Antibiotics made available to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

    New antibiotic for hospital-acquired pneumonia now available in Europe Subscription

    23 SEP 2014 13:18 By Ingrid Torjesen

    The antibiotic telavancin (Vibativ) has been made available in Europe for the treatment of adults who have contracted pneumonia in hospital, including ventilator associated pneumonia, caused by meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

  • "Designer" antibiotics Subscription

    22 SEP 2014 16:04

    16 September 2014: The Daily Mail reported on antibiotic resistance and a new ‘designer’ form of antibiotic drugs that could reduce the problem. According to the report, “this new style of antibiotic targets the specific strain of bacteria causing the illness, so that the other strains are left unharmed and don’t become resistant”. Speaking to the paper, Royal Pharmaceutical Society spokesman Phil Howard commented: “Gram-negative bacteria which are found in the gut and which ...

  • Contraindications for Eviplera Subscription

    5 AUG 2014 16:22

    Additions have been made to the list of mutations that exclude patients with HIV from treatment with Eviplera (emtricitabine/rilpivirine/tenofovir; Gilead). These are the tenofovir resistance-associated substitution K70E, and the combination of L100I+K103N as a rilpivirine resistance-associated substitution.

  • Poor return on investment in developing new antibiotics Subscription

    28 JUL 2014 16:56

    2 July 2014: Prime Minister David Cameron has called for global action to tackle antibiotic resistance. Responding to this the Royal Pharmaceutical Society spoke to a number of news outlets including BBC News 24, BBC World, Channel 5 News and BBC Radio Scotland. RPS Chief Scientist Jayne Lawrence told BBC News 24: “I think it’s important not to scare people but if we don’t act now and do something about the need for new antibiotics and the way we use the antibiotics I think there is ...

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    A fragile defence: Antimicrobial resistance

    18 JUL 2014

    Calls to tighten the control of antibiotics must be backed with action if we are to overcome the looming crisis in public health.

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