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.