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antibiotics awareness day 2014June 13 2014
More use of 'anti-prescriptions' for antibiotic awareness recommended
DoH considers plans for European Antibiotic Awareness Day 2014

More use of 'anti-prescription' pads to explain to patients why an antibiotic might not always be required for an infection has been recommended. Further use should also be made of social media and having more easily identifiable hashtags to generate more awareness of inappropriate use of antibiotics.

Media interest could also be generated in 2014 with further activity along the lines of Public Health England's press release that said “green phlegm and snot ‘not always a sign of an infection needing antibiotics’."

The recommendations come in the Department of Health's evaluation of last year's activities for European Antibiotic Awareness Day. This Europe-wide activity takes place annually on November 18 to encourage responsible use of antibiotics by health professionals and the public.

Evaluation of the 2013 EAAD activities highlighted requests to bring back prescription-paper printable 'anti-prescription' pads.

Feedback "indicated that prescribers would like more resources in line with this booklet in a short leaflet or 'when not to worry' prescription pad printout that they can hand to parents during consultations or at poster displays in public settings," says the evaluation report.
It adds: "It was suggested that these 'anti-prescription pads' could highlight information on inappropriate prescribing, key messages of antibiotics being ineffective against the cold and flu viruses, or important warning signs that should prompt a return to your doctor."

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