Guidance on appropriate antibiotics prescribing in primary care has been published by the Royal College of GPs.
The guidance provides a “simple, effective, and cost-effective approach” to the treatment of common infections to minimise the emergence of bacterial resistance in the community.
It forms part of the TARGET toolkit – Treat Antibiotics Responsibly, Guidance and Education Tool – which has been developed by the RCGP, the Health Protection Agency and the Antimicrobial Stewardship in Primary Care Group.
Its launch coincided with European Antibiotic Awareness Day on 18 November.
HPA head of primary care Dr Cliodna McNulty said: “Although there has been a fall in the prescribing of certain groups of antibiotics like cephalosporins and quinolones, overall antibiotic use has increased and antibiotic resistance continues to rise.”