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Antimicrobial Prescribing & Resistance

Prescribing and Medicines

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Antimicrobial Prescribing and Resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is recognised as a major threat to public health and patient safety. It reduces the available treatment options and is associated with increased morbidity and mortality due to a failure of the initial choice of empirical antimicrobial therapy. It is accepted that the way in which antimicrobials are used, sometimes inappropriately, will increase the risk of antimicrobial resistance developing.

The Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) is a national clinical multi-disciplinary forum formed in March 2008 by the Scottish Government Health Department (SGHD) with representation from key stakeholders including all mainland Health Boards. The forum is hosted by the Scottish Medicines Consortium and its primary objective is to co-ordinate and deliver a national framework for antimicrobial stewardship to enhance the quality of antimicrobial prescribing and management in Scotland.

The information workstream of SAPG is being taken forward by Health Protection Scotland (HPS) and Information Services Division (ISD) with the aim of developing standardised data on antimicrobial use and resistance.

Annual Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance

HPS and ISD publish an annual report which combines information on the monitoring of antimicrobial use and resistance in humans in Scotland. The reports can be accessed from the links below.

Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Humans 2008 Download pdf file [796Kb]

Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Humans 2009 Download pdf file [1.03Mb]

Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Humans 2010 Download pdf file [1.28Mb]

Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Humans 2011 Download pdf file [1.4Mb]

Scottish Antimicrobial Prescribing Group (SAPG) Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Humans 2012 Download pdf file [1.84 Mb]

Methods Appendix for SAPG Report on Antimicrobial Use and Resistance in Humans 2012 Download pdf file [589 Kb]

Antibacterial Primary Care Prescribing Indicators

Following discussion at SAPG and in consultation with NHS Board Antimicrobial Management Teams and other stakeholders, a set of national prescribing indicators relating to the use of systemic antibacterials in primary care was developed for Scotland.

Information from these indicators has been summarised in a report which can be accessed from the links. These reports focus on the indicators related to the initial priority areas for SAPG; restricting the use of antibacterials associated with a higher risk of Clostridium difficile infection, promotion of recommended antibacterials and minimising unnecessary prescribing.

Antibacterial Primary Care Prescribing Indicators Report 2009-10 Download pdf file [461Kb]

Antibacterial Primary Care Prescribing Indicators Report 2010-11 Download pdf file [367Kb]

Antibacterial Primary Care Prescribing Indicators Report 2011-12 Download pdf file [367Kb]

Antibacterial Primary Care Prescribing Indicators Report 2012-13 Download pdf file [1.5Mb]

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