Could 'smart' GP scripts save a UTI cost blowout?

Australian research shows care for the condition will top $1bn a year unless antimicrobial resistance is tackled

'Smart' GP prescribing could help curb a dramatic rise in costs for UTI care to more than $1 billion a year, according to a new Australian report on antimicrobial resistance.

The research by the Outbreak consortium — a multi-institutional initiative to tackle antimicrobial resistance led by the University of Technology Sydney — is the first to comprehensively track the economic cost of antimicrobial resistance in Australia.

Using real world data from the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD) in NSW, where resistance to first