Antimicrobial Prescribing

Public Health England, Bath & North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group and the Council’s Public Health Team are urging members of the public and health professionals to take action to help make sure antibiotics work now and in the future.

Resistance to antibiotics is a large threat that is facing us today. Without effective antibiotics many routine treatments will become increasingly dangerous. Setting broken bones, many basic operations, and even chemotherapy all rely on antibiotics that work.

To slow resistance we need to cut the use of unnecessary antibiotics.

Key Messages

  • Antibiotics are essential medicines for treating bacterial infections in both humans and animals
  • Antibiotics are losing their effectiveness at an increasing rate
  • Bacteria can adapt and find ways to survive the effects of an antibiotic. They become ‘antibiotic resistant’, so that the antibiotic no longer works. The more you use an antibiotic, the more bacteria become resistant to it
  • Antibiotics should be taken as prescribed, never save for later or shared with others; it is important to use antibiotics in the right way, the right drug, at the right dose, at the right time for the right duration. Appropriate use of antibiotics will slow down the development of antibiotic resistance
  • There are very few new antibiotics in the development pipeline, which is why it is important we use our existing antibiotics wisely and make sure these life-saving medicines continue to stay effective for ourselves and future generations
  • Many antibiotics are prescribed and used for mild infections when they don’t need to be. All colds and most coughs, sinusitis, otitis media (earache) and sore throats often get better without antibiotics
  • Community pharmacists are well placed to help provide advice on over the counter medicines to treat symptoms
  • Individuals (the public, healthcare professionals and leaders) can take action by choosing a pledge and becoming an Antibiotic Guardian

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