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a petri dish imageOctober 25 2017

A campaign raising awareness of the need to restrict antibiotic use to genuine need so as to reduce the growth of resistance has been launched.

Public Health England’s ‘Keep antibiotics working’ campaign warns that taking antibiotics when they are not needed puts patients at risk of a more severe or longer infection, and urges people to take their doctor’s advice on antibiotics.

The campaign has been launched alongside the publication of the latest annual English surveillance programme for antimicrobial utilisation and resistance (ESPAUR) report. This highlights that four in ten patients with an E.coli bloodstream infection in England cannot be treated with the most commonly used antibiotic in hospitals. It also estimates that at least 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections.

In addition:

  • of the 1 million antibiotic resistant bacteria causing urinary tract infections identified in NHS laboratories in 2016, trimethoprim resistance was very common (37%) but the current recommended first line treatment, nitrofurantoin, remains effective (3%)
  • between 2012 and 2016, antibiotic prescribing reduced by 5%, when measured as defined daily doses per 1000 inhabitants per day
  • the number of antibiotic prescriptions dispensed in General Practice decreased by 13% between 2012 and 2016 (-2% from 2015 to 2016)

PHE says that the campaign “urges the public to always trust their doctor, nurse or pharmacist’s advice as to when they need antibiotics and if they are prescribed, take antibiotics as directed and never save them for later use or share them with others. The campaign also provides effective self-care advice to help individuals and their families feel better if they are not prescribed antibiotics.”

The campaign is “part of a wider cross-government strategy, involving the agricultural, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, which tackles the threat of antibiotic resistance by increasing supply and reducing inappropriate demand.”

The Centre for Pharmacy Postgraduate Education is helping publicise the campaign with PHE, which will run until European Antibiotic Awareness Day (EADD), on Saturday 18 November. Among the activities planned are to run a series of challenges “to inspire the whole pharmacy team to promote the appropriate use of antibiotics and reduce antimicrobial resistance in the community.”

Themes for each of the four weeks are:

  • Week 1 - Promoting the importance of hand hygiene;
  • Week 2 - Get the public involved by encouraging five members of the public to pledge to be Antibiotic Guardians;
  • Week 3 - Complete the EAAD online e-challenge (released 8 November);
  • Week 4 - Access the e-bug website and reflect on the available resources for children and young adults to learn about infectious disease early on.

Links:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/taking-antibiotics-when-you-dont-need-them-puts-you-at-risk
PHE ESPAUR publications            
PHE English surveillance programme for antimicrobial utilisation and resistance (ESPAUR) Report 2017                
CPPE announcement     
CPPE dedicated EADD page        
Antibiotic Guardian        

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