Antibiotic resistance: a fragile defence

Source: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases / CDC

Antibiotic OTC treatments for sore throat could be fuelling antimicrobial resistance, researchers warn

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Over-the-counter treatments that do not contain antibiotics should be considered for the symptomatic management of sore throat to help protect against antimicrobial resistance, researchers have recommended.

Lord O’Neill, the government’s former AMR czar

Leading AMR expert calls for state-funded research into new antibiotics

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Establishing state-run drug companies or “utilities” may be the only solution to boost the development of new drugs and win the fight against antimicrobial resistance, according to Lord Jim O’Neill.

Antimicrobial surveillance members during RPS summit

Commonwealth antimicrobial stewardship partnerships announced

A total of 12 pharmacy-led teams from the UK are set to work with their counterparts in 4 African Commonwealth countries in a bid to exchange expertise in antimicrobial resistance stewardship.

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Electronic intervention in GP practices reduces antibiotic prescribing for respiratory infections

Integration of antimicrobial stewardship interventions into GP practices reduces antibiotic prescribing for respiratory infections, research from King’s College London has found.

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Accurately diagnosing antibiotic allergiesSubscription

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Diagnosing true drug allergy can be challenging and it is important that patients are managed appropriately.

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How precarious antibiotic supplies are putting patients at riskSubscription

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The antibiotic supply chain is “at risk of collapsing”, which could lead to major problems treating serious infections and add to resistance levels.

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The global race to combat antimicrobial resistanceSubscription

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The Longitude Prize has relaunched after 300 years and this time teams around the world are racing to develop a rapid point-of-care diagnostic test that will help prevent the overuse of antibiotics and put them in the running to win £8m.

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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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Pharmacy’s role in antimicrobial resistance and stewardshipSubscription

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This article summarises the evidence supporting the role of pharmacists and pharmacy teams in antimicrobial stewardship and outlines the impact of their activities.

Jacqueline Sneddon, chair of the RPS Antimicrobial Expert Advisory Group (left) with Hayley Wickens, consultant pharmacist in microbiology at University Hospital Southampton

RPS hosts workshop to increase pharmacists' confidence in antimicrobial stewardship

A workshop from the SalvaDore and the UK Clinical Pharmacy Association’s Pharmacy Infection Network is designed to help pharmacists lead antimicrobial stewardship in the multidisciplinary team. 

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