NHSScotland reports 3% drop in antibiotic use between 2013 - 2017
A report published today by Health Protection Scotland shows a 3% drop in antibiotic use in NHSScotland between 2013 - 2017.
The decrease is reported in the Scottish One Health Antimicrobial Use and Antimicrobial Resistance Report on antibiotic use and resistance in Scotland during 2017. In primary care, where 80% of antibiotic use occurs, there has been a continued reduction in use, with a decrease of 7.8% between 2013 and 2017. In 2017 the rate of antibiotic use in primary care was the lowest on record.
However, as the report stresses, there is work to be done.
Dr Andrew Seaton, Chair of the Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group said:
"It is vital that action to improve antibiotic use is increased. Healthcare workers and the public need to understand and value the importance of this precious resource."