8 alarming findings on Australian antimicrobial prescribing

A milestone report on antimicrobial resistance, which includes plenty of unpublished data, has been released by the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care.

Here are eight things to note:

  • In 2014 nearly half the population (46%) was prescribed at least one antimicrobial (PBS data)
  • The rate of antimicrobial prescriptions in GP consultations remained constant between 2009 and 2014 (MedicineInsight data based on 182 practices)
  • More than half of patients recorded as having colds or flu and receiving an antibiotic had no need for one