GPs’ antibiotic prescribing falls more than 5% in a yearBMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6115 (Published 15 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6115
- Ingrid Torjesen
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 …