Antibiotic prescribing in England rose by 6% in four years

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 10 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6179
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

GPs’ prescribing of antibiotics in England rose by 4% from 2010 to 2013, while hospital prescribing rose by 12%, despite efforts to curb it, show figures from Public Health England.

Overall there was a 6% rise in consumption of antibiotics in England in the four years to 2013, from 25.9 to 27.4 defined daily doses per 1000 inhabitants a day, said the first annual report of the English Surveillance Programme for Antimicrobial Utilisation and Resistance.1

The bulk of antibiotic prescribing, 79%, took place in general practice, with 15% in hospitals and 6.2% related to other community prescribers, predominantly dentists.

The highest combined GP …

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