NICE antimicrobial prescribing guidance is available on managing common infections

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NICE and PHE have developed a summary table on antimicrobial prescribing for managing common infections. Please refer to the Antimicrobial prescribing guidelines on the NICE website.

In 2011, former World Health Organization Director-General, Dr Margaret Chan, warned that ‘In the absence of urgent corrective and protective actions, the world is heading towards a post-antibiotic era, in which many common infections will no longer have a cure and, once again, kill unabated.’1 Since then, many preventative measures have been proposed including reducing unnecessary use of antibiotics in agriculture, improving surveillance of drug resistance, stimulating a robust pharmaceutical research and development pipeline for new antibiotics, and raising global awareness. So where do you—as a prescribing clinician—fit in to this equation?

To tackle these challenges, NICE and PHE have developed a summary table on antimicrobial prescribing for managing common infections. This interactive table aids clinical practice in all care settings with a focus on bacterial infections and antibiotic use. Visual summaries are embedded within the table and include dosage information for adults and children.

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