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Antibiotic resistance: a fragile defence

Last defence dam in antimicrobial resistance

Around 25,000 people die in the European Union each year from infections resistant to antibiotics. Third-generation cephalosporins are often useless against common bacteria like Escherichia coli, and fluoroquinolones are no longer the treatment of choice for gonorrhoea because resistance has become widespread. Here, you can find news stories and articles about the issue.

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Emergency antibiotic supplies from pharmacies double in a year


The number of emergency antibiotics supplied to patients by community pharmacies without a prescription has almost doubled in one year, data from the NHS Business Services Authority show.

Dame Sally Davies

Dame Sally Davies to be first UK special envoy on AMR

England’s outgoing chief medical officer has been appointed as the UK’s first special envoy on antimicrobial resistance.

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus WHO director general

WHO urges countries to adopt antibiotic classification tool to protect against AMR

The World Health Organization is encouraging global adoption of a tool designed to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance.

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Reductions in antibiotics achievable if guidelines on prescribing duration observed, says NICE

Substantial reductions in antibiotic exposure could be achieved by ensuring that the duration of prescriptions fall in line with national guidance, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence has said.

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Antibiotic treatment of Mycoplasma genitalium infectionSubscription

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An overview of the 2018 guideline for management of this sexually transmitted infection in men and women.

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Antibiotic pollution and lack of regulation will have dire global consequencesSubscription

Given the hot topic of antimicrobial resistance, one could only be shocked at reading New Scientist’s article ‘How antibiotic resistance is driven by pharmaceutical pollution’ (22 May 2019), which details the prolific dumping of antibiotic ...

Myth-busting sessions in the community to improve knowledge of antimicrobial resistanceSubscription

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of today’s great public health challenges and it is driven by the use of antibiotics. As antimicrobial pharmacists and pharmacy technicians, we are tasked with reducing unnecessary antibiotic use in our patient population at Cwm Taf University Health Board, South Wales, which provides healthcare services to almost 300,000 people living in Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf. Like many health organisations, we face the particular challenge of an ...

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