Dramatic drop in GP prescribing 'promising' for antibiotic stewardship

Some 38% fewer antibiotic scripts were written in the winter months, researchers find

Antibiotic prescribing for respiratory infections decreased sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic, but this was not just because of lockdowns and other tough restrictions, Australian researchers say.


Culture shifts, such as mask-wearing and more handwashing, may have had an impact and, if maintained, could be important for antibiotic stewardship, they say. 

Lower antibiotic prescribing was found across the board, not just in areas hard hit by COVID-19, where people might have been more likely