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GPs’ antibiotic prescribing falls more than 5% in a year

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: (Published 15 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6115
  1. Ingrid Torjesen
  1. London

Antibiotic prescribing by GPs in England has fallen markedly in the past year, show figures released by Antibiotic Research UK, a charity created to develop new antibiotics.

The average prescribing rate has fallen by over 5% in a year, dropping from 0.63 antibiotic prescriptions per head of population in 2014-15 to 0.59 a person in 2015-16, and by 11% since its peak in 2012.

Most importantly, seasonal variation (the difference between the month with the highest number of prescriptions in a year and the month with the lowest) has halved from 68% to 31% in a year, suggesting that GPs are …

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