RACGP rejects authority antibiotic scripts

A Senate inquiry set up to combat the lack of progress on antibiotic resistance following a government report in 1999 has recommended the health department investigate new ways to improve appropriate antibiotic use in general practice.

One such method, according to microbiologist Professor Peter Collignon of the Australian National University, would be to restrict access to off-patent “critically important” fluoroquinolones and third-generation cephalosporins, such as ciprofloxacin and ceftriaxone, as well as carbapenems.