Antibiotic prescribing in England rose by 6% in four yearsBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6179 (Published 10 October 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6179
- Zosia Kmietowicz
- 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 …