Bacteria able to shrug off the drug of last resort colistin

The world is on the cusp of a “post-antibiotic era”, scientists have warned after finding bacteria resistant to drugs used when all other treatments have failed. They identified bacteria able to shrug off the drug of last resort – colistin – in patients and livestock in China.

Read More

Antibiotic surge revealed by seasonal maps

A huge and potentially inappropriate surge in antibiotic prescriptions in the winter has been identified through the first detailed maps of seasonal prescribing in England.

Read More

Pharmacists’ skills underused in battle to halt inappropriate antibiotic prescribing, survey suggests

Around 74% of community pharmacists believe their skills in helping to reduce inappropriate antibiotic prescribing are not being used, according to the results of a survey presented ahead of European Antibiotics Awareness Day.

Read More

European Antibiotic Awareness Day

​The European Antibiotic Awareness Day is an annual European public health initiative that takes place on 18 November to raise awareness about the threat to public health of antibiotic resistance and the importance of prudent antibiotic use. The latest data confirms that across the European Union the number of patients infected by resistant bacteria is […]

Read More

New interactive CDC tool shows changes in antibiotic resistance for last 18 years

This week, CDC unveiled NARMS Now: Human Data, an interactive tool that makes it easy to see how antibiotic resistance for four bacteria transmitted commonly through food has changed during the last 18 years. Using data from the National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, the tool allows users to filter resistance data by bacteria, antibiotic, year […]

Read More

Calls for NHS to curb inappropriate antibiotic prescribing

Healthcare professionals should encourage sensible use of antibiotics and cut back on unnecessary prescribing of the drugs to help tackle the rise in antibiotic resistance, says NICE.

Read More

Call to punish GPs over antibiotics

“Soft-touch” and “hazardous” doctors should be disciplined for prescribing too many antibiotics, a leading NHS figure says. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s Prof Mark Baker said 10 million prescriptions a year in England were inappropriate.

Read More

Antimicrobial Stewardship – Free online course

Managing Antibiotic Resistance – Understand antibiotic resistance, and how antimicrobial stewardship can slow down or reduce it, with this free online course. The Massive Open On-line Course on Antimicrobial Stewardship (MOOC-AS) will be launched on 28 September 2015.

Read More

ReAct – Introducing the new toolbox: For action on antibiotic resistance

Today, the ReAct network launches their Toolbox: a web-based resource offering hands-on advice and a comprehensive practical framework, to facilitate efforts toward managing the issue of antibiotic resistance. Find out more  

Read More
AMS Portal