Antimicrobial stewardship – are you doing your bit?

by Jacquie Sneddon, Project Lead for the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the top threats to human healthcare with an estimated 50,000 deaths per year from resistant infection across Europe and the US. This figure will reach 10 million by 2050 unless we act now to tackle antimicrobial resistance.

With few new antibiotics in the pipeline we need to ensure we are using antibiotics appropriately – this means cut out unnecessary use and ensure when they are required that prescriptions comply with evidence-based guidance. This is the basis of antimicrobial stewardship. So what does this mean for pharmacists?

AMS is important in all sectors of pharmacy

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Antimicrobial stewardship and the role of community pharmacy

Dr Jacqueline SneddonArticle by Jacqueline Sneddon, Project Lead for SAPG Chief Executive, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

As healthcare professionals, you will be aware that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a major public health issue and an important threat to the future of healthcare. The need to accelerate progress in tackling AMR is well established. European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EAAD) on 18 November, now part of World Antibiotic Awareness Week, is an excellent platform for raising professional and public awareness of the problem of AMR and what everyone can do to use antibiotics more wisely. Read more Antimicrobial stewardship and the role of community pharmacy

AMR and the importance of finding new ways to prevent and treat infections

jaynelawrenceBy Professor Jayne Lawrence, Chief Scientist for the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

Jim O’Neill, chair of the UK Government’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance, has today called for vaccines and alternative approaches to be used more widely in healthcare and agriculture as an alternative to antibiotics in the fight against drug-resistant “superbugs”.

There has been much in the media recently about our currently available antibiotics becoming less effective, the fact that we must all be more responsible with their use, and the urgent need to develop new ones. However, even with increased investment, there is no guarantee that we will be able to discover new antibiotics to solve this crisis we find ourselves in. Hence the need to develop alternative ways to prevent and treat infections.

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